British electronic rocker troupe Nitzer Ebb’s reunion in 2006, after 11 years apart, was “only ever intended to be a limited, hello-goodbye type of thing,” according to co-founder Vaughan “Bon” Harris. “But it gained its own momentum.”
That’s why the group, which also includes original member Douglas McCarthy and drummer Jason Payne, is not only still on the road four years later but also released its first new album in 15 years, “Industrial Complex,” earlier this year. But Harris, 45, says that was approached in the same similarly casual way.
“We decided to have fun and go back to our roots,” he recalls. “We said that if we enjoy it and something good happens, we’ll carry on — but no stress. If we get in there and have something good after a few hours, great. If not, we’ll just go down to the pub.
“Pretty much the first five days we got a track a day and had great fun doing it, and they sounded good. So, ‘All right, we’re onto something. Let’s keep going.’ It did get a little difficult towards the end, in the refinement process, but we’ve had harder situations than that.”
Now, Harris says, Nitzer Ebb considers itself a going concern again and is “always working on new music.” He’s not sure if the challenging trends in the recording industry will lead to another new album, but he’s sure the group will be heard from again.
“The jury is still out on whether the hard CD copy album is still a relevant way of doing things,” Harris notes. “But technology now allows you to go into a studio, do four tracks and keep them on your website. It’s a lot easier to keep it going than it would’ve been before. And like any band, you’ve got a direct line to your fans.
“So after four years of carrying on we very much treat it as a going concern. There’s lots of opportunities and we enjoy doing it, so why not?”
Nitzer Ebb performs Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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