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No Age duo sought to expand, grow on new album

of the Oakland Press

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Dean Spunt says he and No Age partner Randy Randall “just set out to make a record” when the Los Angeles rock duo started working on its third album, “Everything in Between,” which came out in September.

But they did have some sense of artistic mission in mind.

“We wanted to make it fulfilling for us to listen to and make something different than what we did before,” the drummer explains. “We don’t want to make the same thing.

“Plus we’ve gotten better at recording ourselves, better than playing our instruments. We’ve been playing nonstop since (2008’s) ‘Nouns,’ so we wanted to show that we’d grown and improved.”

But that doesn’t mean everything had to show advanced musicianship. Spunt, 28, notes that the album’s first single, “Glitter,” was inspired by the drum beat he came up with — with no illusion that it was anything particularly special.

“I just wanted to play a song that had the most recognizable, simple drum beat we can think of,” he explains. “It doesn’t change time or anything. It’s, like, kind of the stupidest drum beat. And then we wanted the main melodies to be samples we were making and we wrote a vocal line to it, and that was the song. Nothing particularly complicated.”

No Age and Lucky Dragons perform Friday, Nov. 19, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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