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Morphine members keep the spirit alive in new band

of the Oakland Press

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Members of Morphine and Jeremy Lyons is not Morphine, the experimental group that folded following the 1999 death of frontman Mark Sandman on stage in Italy. And saxophonist Dana Colley says the new trio, which has released an album as the Ever Expanding Elastic Waste Band, hopes to establish itself as its own entity in due time.

“We were kind of pressed for time and just wanted to get something out as a kind of taster,” Colley, 49, says of the nine-track album, which includes four Sandman songs, three by current frontman Lyons and a pair that were group-written by Lyon, Colley and drummer Jerome Deupree, who joined in place of original Morphine drummer Billy Conway.

“The idea wasn’t to have it be the ultimate release in terms of a work of art. We just wanted people to hear something that we’re doing and to have it and play it. And we’re writing more and more as we go along. It’s an ongoing process for sure.”

But, Colley notes, the group will, regardless of what name it uses, always play Morphine songs and try to carry the spirit of that band in its performances.

“I can go many ways,” he acknowledges, “and I suppose we can say, ‘Let’s make it entirely original.’ But I don’t know. The main thing is it has to be of interest to me. It needs to be three minds working at once on a stage, without an aid of having a studio where you can fine tune. It has to have an edge and that organic something that was part of what (Morphine) was all about.”

Members of Morhpine and Jeremy Lyons perform Nov. 21 at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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