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Posies hope to stay more active in near future

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The Posies are back — and they hope it stays that way.

In September the critically lauded Seattle group released “Blood/Candy,” its first new album in five years. Now founding members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow hope it doesn’t take that long to bring out their next release.

“The last three records we made, 2010 for this one, 2005 for (‘Every Kind of Light’) and then 1998 for ‘Success’ ... that’s a lot of time in-between records,” Auer, 41, acknowledges. We certainly are not getting any younger, either. That figures into the equation.”

Auer says he and Stringfellow have already discussed the idea of a next Posies record and have resolved to “hopefully get right back in and do another Posies record” after touring to promote “Blood/Candy.” “That could be a good thing,” he says. “Things are feeling pretty positive. And we’re such an experimental band and like to do each record differently, why don’t we try to do a record as fast as we can next time instead of taking our sweet time, like we did with this one.”

Before that, however, the Posies are on the road with Detroit-born rocker Brendan Benson, playing their own set as well as backing Benson in his. Auer and Stringfellow also keep busy creative lives outside the Posies, including producing other artists, but they feel their time as latter-day members of the band Big Star is probably over in the wake of frontman Alex Chilton’s death in March.

“Without Alex ... it wouldn’t feel quite right,” Stringfellow, 42, explains. “It’s very touchy. Jody (Stephens, Big Star’s drummer and soul surviving founding member) wants to keep that music alive and wants to play. It’s not his fault his bandmates have all died. For us who came later, it’s not really our call.

“The safest bet, I think, is to say it probably wouldn’t be right to (continue). It’s just very touchy. But it seems so elegant to leave things where they are and say, ‘That was incredible, wasn’t it?’ “

The Posies and Brendan Benson, with Aqueduct, perform Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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