Maylene and the Sons of Disaster made some sonic progress on the group's latest album, "IV" — even if that's not necessarily what the hard rock group from Birmingham, Ala., set out to do.
"Yeah, we normally don't sound like that," notes frontman Dallas Taylor, the sole founding member remaining in the band. "All of the vocals were more polished. Musicwise there's a lot more slide guitar on it. There's a lot more basic song structure. The old Maylene would play a riff for a few measures, then switch to something different and never repeat anything.
"This is a lot more straightforward, a lot more structured. We didn't know how it was going to sound, but we were happy with how it came out."
Lyrically, meanwhile, the 31-year-old Taylor opened up and wrote more personal songs than he ever had before.
"I had gone through a divorce, a pretty hard time in my life, and I wanted to play it out there so everyone could get where I'm coming from — which I've never really done on a record," he acknowledges. "It just kind of felt like I needed to do it on this one, but when we were tracking some of the songs it brought back everything I was feeling at certain times, and that was hard.
"But I felt like these were things other people could associate with and have gone through, too. I wanted to encourage each other to make it through this thing called life and see some hope and light in the tunnel when you make it through that. So even though this is a darker record, that's all still there."
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster perform Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance, $13 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com
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