Nearly a year-and-a-half after the release of its debut album, “DanceThink LP,” Ann Arbor’s My Dear Disco is “on the cusp of something big” according to group founder Tyler Duncan.
“We definitely feel very much in a transitional phase,” explains Duncan, 24, who formed the electronic-leaning dance-rock group in 2007 with fellow University of Michigan music school students. “There are a lot of good things going on for us in terms of potential relationships with publishing, labels, management ... everything.
“Some things are about to be solidified — I can’t say who with, but it’s some stuff that’ll really make the next record have much, much bigger impact, nationally and internationally. In that sense, we’re really excited. We’re putting a lot of time into those relationships and getting the groundwork laid for the next batch of music. It’s really exciting.”
My Dear Disco, which is now a quintet after starting as a seven-piece band, has done well with its current output as well. The “DanceThink LP” has garnered favorable media attention, while the song “My Dear Disco” got some TV play via “Melrose Place.” The group has also been welcomed on the national festival circuit and has been tapped for this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Before that, however, Duncan and company hope to get a good start on their sophomore album. So far, he says, there are about 20 songs started which the group hopes to knock down to about 10 by the time it hits the studio.
“We’re going further in the sort of electronic vein and exploring the nuances within that a little more,” Duncan reports. “Instead of being a collage, it’s more about honing in on a few things and exploring that from the inside.
“And I would say we’re writing shorter songs now. We’re not going for the eight-minute thing; we’re trying to focus in on something I really enjoy about the Beatles, the way they wrote these incredibly precise and fulfilling songs in two minutes and 45 seconds. We have a hard time writing songs that short, but we’re definitely going for shorter and more potent, emotional pieces of music.”
My Dear Disco and Green T perform Wednesday, May 12, at the Majestic Cafe, 4130 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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