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The Concretes are happy to get back to the U.S.

of the Oakland Press

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The Concretes have not exactly felt the more than four-year gap between North American tours, according to keyboardist Per Nystrom.

“Now that you say it, it’s like, ‘Wow ... ’ But it doesn’t really feel like that long,” says Nystrom, 37. “A lot of things have happened since then, but, no, I can’t say it feels like four years.”

The main change during the interim for the Swedish pop group was the departure of co-founder and co-lead singer Victoria Bergsman in 2006. Nystrom notes that The Concretes “didn’t really know if we were going to continue,” but after two albums with drummer Lisa Milberg out front in Bergsman’s spot, things have settled down — and moved forward.

Fans certainly noticed that on The Concretes’ fourth album, “WYWH” (it stands for Wish You Were Here), which retains the melodic elements of the group’s sound but adds a more rhythmic, dance-club element that Nystrom credits partly to new drummer Dante Kinnunen but also because The Concretes “wanted a new sound” this time out.

“I think we wanted a cleaner sound, and a darker sound that’s a bit different than what we used to sound like,” Nystrom explains. “It’s still pop songs, and you can probably hear it’s us, but to make it feel fun to play I think it’s important not to repeat yourself. I don’t think we thought much about how it will be received; we just wanted to do something we thought was fun, basically.”

The Concretes and Hooray For Earth perform Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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