My Morning Jacket has certainly seen its popularity grow during the 11 years its been releasing albums. But a No. 5 debut on the Billboard 200 chart in June for its latest album, “Circuital,” even impressed the normally laid-back band members.
“It took off more than we could have ever imagined, that’s for sure,” says drummer Patrick Hallahan. “Honestly, we try not to think about it too terribly much. Some people rise faster than others and fall faster than others, and for whatever reason our path is one of a slow incline so far, which has been a beautiful thing.
“And to find out we were No. 5 on the Billboard charts, that’s nothing to scoff at. That was a damn fine phone call to get.”
The Louisville quintet is certainly playing plenty of material from “Circuital,” the most diverse outing in what’s been an unquestionably eclectic career. But Hallahan says that a residency in New York last October, during which the group played all five of its previous albums in their entirety, has also had its impact on the way the group is approaching its shows this summer.
“We kinda became re-acquainted with our catalog,” Hallahan, 33, explains. “So now we’re really trying to just change up set lists, at least five or six songs every night that are completely different, and trying to dig deeper into the catalog and bring back some oldies and stuff.
“We have a tendency to put some songs in the doghouse, so to speak. We have a constant flow of things that come in and out of our good graces. This time we’re trying to pull some stuff out of doghouses and put them back in. We’re really enjoying that.”
My Morning Jacket and Neko Case perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $40.50 pavilion, $26 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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