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Aqualung Makes The Most Of "Memory"

Of the Oakland Press

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The title of Aqualung’s new album, “Memory Man,” is filled with inside jokes for group leader Matt Hales and his crew.

“We actually used a switch in the studio called Memory Man an awful lot,” says Hales, 34, who released Aqualung’s U.S. debut, “Strange and Beautiful,” in 2005. “It seem so prosaic to actually name your album after a piece of equipment. But it also sounds like it could be a Ray Bradbury novel or something. I could really picture it in my mind.

“And it’s kind of appropriate because I’m really not the memory man. That isn’t my super power by any means. I often put something on top of something else in my head — and then I forget where I put it.”

Fans will notice that “Memory Man,” which comes out March 13, is a different album than its gentle and melodic predecessor. After a long spate of touring for “Strange and Beautiful,” Hales was more interested in crafting full-band arrangements for his songs and more amenable to turning the volume knob up.

“I tended to avoid loud and fast to some extent,” Hales explains. “That was on my list of stuff to try — 1) fast, 2) loud, 3) less piano, more guitar, that was my kind of thing. I wanted to have some new sounds and new experiences.

“And it turned out that loud is kind of all right, and even fast might be acceptable. So ... hooray!”

Aqualung and Kim Taylor perform Monday (March 5) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave. Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www. themagicbag.com.

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