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An Horse duo keeps looking for improvement

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Kate Cooper says that she and Damon Cox, her musical partner in the duo An Horse, aspired only to "normal growth" over the course of their two albums and two EPs during the past five years.

"I think we're just a better band and we just got better at what we do," explains singer-guitarist Cooper, 32, who founded the group with Cox in Australia, though she now lives in Canada (moving from Toronto to Vancouver this spring). "We have better songs. We've definitely developed our live show and our sound in a live setting. We're just a better-functioning band.

"That's all I kind of aspire to, really. Everything is so flash-in-the-pan these days. I much prefer to continue along our slow, steady road of kind of niggling along and having a great body of work as opposed to just being a flash with one big album."

That's not to say that she and Cox are averse to turning their underground credibility into a more mainstream kind of success, however.

"I suppose if we were a flash-in-the-pan with one big-selling album, we'd be richer," Cooper says with a laugh. "But would I feel as rewarded? I suppose you can have the flash come later. A lot of the bands I admire, like Death Cab (For Cutie) or The National or Tegan & Sara, all those amazing bands, have historically struggled away for awhile until they finally make some kind of breakthrough.

"I think that's the right way to do it, so hopefully we'll be rewarded for our struggle that way, too."

An Horse, Power and Seven Birds One Stone perform Friday, March 9, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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