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Brokencyde learns what its fans want -- the hard way

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Heavyweight New Mexico rockers Brokencyde have grown used to critical barbs since its first album, "I'm Not a Fan, But the Kids Like It," came out in 2009. But the quartet's second album, "Guilty Pleasure," took heat from an unexpected quarter -- fans.

"This time we did the music that we wanted to do -- more singing, not so much screaming," says co-frontman Mikl (ne Michael Shea). "We thought that would be something more people would like, but they miss all that screaming and the other stuff.

"They complained a lot. Some of them really supported us, but a lot of them were like, 'Where's the screaming?!' We weren't hoping to hear that, to be honest. But we learned our lesson."

Brokencyde did some quick self-correction, re-recording some of the songs and adding a new track, "Never Back Down," for a new version of the album, "Guilty Pleasurez," which came out in March. And from here on out, Mikl, 27, predicts the group will record two versions of every album to make sure all of its fan constituencies are served.

"We've been talking about that, so we can do what we want and the fans can also get what they want so that everybody's happy," he says. "We'd probably just write everything and then add the screaming to give it that extra feeling. We've already started working on some stuff and are really stoked on it, so hopefully this will work out for everybody."

The Blood on the Dance Floor tour with Brokencyde, Deuce and others takes place Wednesday, April 18, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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