It's been eight years since modern rockers Eve 6 last released an album, but putting the new "Speak in Code" together felt like getting back on a bicycle according to the group's Detroit-born drummer Tony Fagenson.
"It took us awhile to get to this point where there's a record to release and talk about, and a whole new cycle beginning," notes Fagenson, 33, whose father is Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was. "But it wasn't quite the situation where we disappeared off the face of the Earth for eight years and sprung fully realized from the ground, really to go again.
"We weren't playing golf and living in caves and vacationing around the world. We were still working, so it's not like our cops were rusty or anything like that."
Eve 6 broke up in 2004, after three albums and hits such as "Inside Out," "Leech," "Promise" and "Think Twice." Fagenson and singer-bassist Max Collins started another group the Sugi Tap, but in 2007 decided to work again under the Eve 6 banner. Original guitarist Jon Siebels rejoined last year, in time to make the new album.
"We spent a lot of those years rebuilding the house, so to speak," Fagenson explains. "It had been kind of gutted and all the furniture had been sold off at auction. We had to refinish with all these different web sites and all the stuff a band has to do and then has to do over again.
"In a way it was really good; we learned the system again, especially the 'new world order' that is the music business now. We learned that in a very organic way, and that's strengthening our position now. We didn't just come back and say, 'Let's quickly get everything together and put a record out. We've been slowly building a strong foundation to have a band on again."
Eve 6, the Audition and Fall From Grace perform Tuesday, May 22 at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.
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