Conventional wisdom these days is that music consuming is done by individual songs and not entire albums. But don’t tell that to Plain White T’s.
Best known for its chart-topping 2007 hit “Hey There Delilah,” the Chicago modern rock group made its latest album, “Wonders of the Younger,” a conceptual piece about awe and innocence, with a more expansive sonic approach than the quintet has taken before. And frontman Tom Higgenson agrees it’s hardly a product of its time.
“I think I always try to never take the easy road or do what’s expected of me,” Higgenson, 31, says with a laugh. “I think that’s a good thing and could also be a fault at times. Maybe we could have made a record that better suited 2011, but I didn’t want to. I wanted to make the album that I wanted and go against the grain and try to say something more than just having a singles-based album.
“So that’s what we did, for better or for worse.”
“Wonders of the Younger,” which came out in December, didn’t make much of an impact on the Billboard chart (No. 149), but it did launch a hit in the single “Rhythm of Love.” But Higgenson, who’s starting to work on material for the next Plain White T’s album, says the group is offering no excuses or rationalizations and simply enjoying the fact that “we made the album we wanted to make.”
“I’m still incredibly proud of it and love every song, and I think we nailed it,” he says. “Record sales are down in general for everybody, so that’s a bummer, but you can’t really think too much about that.
“At the shows it’s evident that people know the album. You see everybody singing along, and not just to the single. Some of them tweet us about it being their favorite album and things like that. We definitely know there are people who get it and appreciate it, and I think as long a we have some success every time, we’re just going to keep doing what we do, no matter what.”
Plain White T’s, the Summer Set, the Downtown Fiction and Allison Park perform Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $18.50 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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