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Go Radio goes for more meaning in its music

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Tallahassee-based modern rockers Go Radio have just emerged from the studio, recording their sophomore album. And frontman Jason Lancaster says there was a different creative mission this time than there was for last year's "Lucky Street."

"This time we went in to find a sound," explains Lancaster, 28, who co-founded Go Radio in 2007, after leaving the band Mayday Parade. " 'Lucky Street' was more about a message than a sound. We wanted to get out and explain to a lot of the youth that was listening that there was a lot more to life than what is, I guess, summed up on MTV. There's life and death and religion and faith and a lack of both...Everything isn't as one-sided as boy meets girl, they break up and boy writes songs.

"Stuff we write has to mean something to us. So that's why we wrote 'Lucky Street.' "

Lancaster says the next album, meanwhile, is "a little more about us" and says that he and his bandmates "wanted to, I guess, be more adult -- if that makes any sense. It's a little bit more mid-tempo, a little less abrasive than ('Lucky Street'). We wanted to use a lot of different sounds we hadn't used before." But he's quick to promise that the group hasn't made wholesale changes that will alienate the fans who came on board with "Lucky Street."

"Oh, we've always been happy with our fans -- don't get me wrong," says Lancaster, who's hoping the group will preview some of the new songs at its shows. "We've always been really excited about anyone who'd ever enjoyed Go Radio and anyone who ever will enjoy Go Radio. But we wanted to get out of that cookie-cutter, pop/rock stuff, and we feel like we did that on this record.

"We only have the rough mixes so far, but when I listen to them, it's something I'm incredibly proud of, so I'm hoping other people will enjoy it like that, too."

Go Radio, This Providence, Tyler Carter and Shapes & Colors perform Wednesday, March 21, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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