Twelve years may seem like an odd time to celebrate an anniversary. But it has plenty of meaning for the Sights’ founder Eddie Baranek.
“It’s been about 12 years, there are about 12 ex-members, we’re celebrating a 12-song album — it seems like kind of the right time to look back and scoop all that up together and wrap it up nice,” explains Baranek, 30.
“(The Sights) started out when I was a teenager, and now it’s morphed into this thing. I’m still addicted to it, and the passion’s still there. It’s something I can’t stop — and I don’t try to fight it. I just go with it.”
The anniversary show coincides with the release of “Twelve in the Bar,” a vinyl-only compilation of demos and rare and bootleg tracks from throughout the Sights’ history. Meanwhile, Baranek and company about “80 to 90 percent” finished with the Sights’ next album, which is being recorded by Jim Diamond at Detroit’s Ghetto Recorders studio, adding a horn section and pursuing a more R&B-flavored direction than the bluesy garage rock that’s been the band’s stock in trade up till this point.
“It’s definitely cleaner and more pop/R&B-oriented,” says Baranek, who was nominated for a local Emmy Award for his theme to the PBS program “Under the Radar Michigan.” It’s really opened me up to different instruments and different possibilities and made me see things differently and go, ‘Oh yeah, this feels good.’
“It feels natural, though. I do listen to a lot of soul music; I just always felt like I couldn’t go there, like, ‘What’s a Midwest boy gonna do with that?’ It felt weird when I would think about it when I was younger, but now it feels right. I guess I’m maturing into it.”
The Sights’ 12th anniversary show takes place Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com
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