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Interview:
Singer's voice problems put a little fear into Birthday Massacre's new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Birthday Massacre singer Chibi knows that she tends to call every new album the Toronto modern rock group releases her favorite when it comes out. But she has a very personal reason why that applies to this year's "Hide and Seek."

In between album, Chibi (real name Sara Taylor) noticed that some long-term voice problems were getting worse. Doctors found a pollop on her vocal cord, which required surgery and the cancellation of a North American tour. And, of course, no guarantee her voice would return to its original state.

"It was scary, and I think you can hear some of that emotion coming through in the songs," acknowledges Chibi, 35. "Even know, I'm totally nervous about it. I've been to a speech therapist constantly over the last few weeks to insure it doesn't happen again. But I have this fear in me. I live in fear now. I don't trust my own voice."

"Hide and Seek," which came out Oct. 9, doesn't dwell on the issue, however. Chibi says the songs come from a variety of sources and inspirations, and she ascribes some of the album's darker tone to "the concept of mysteries" and also true crime stories, which she says are a personal passion for her.

"I read true crime all the time -- mysteries, detective stories, all of that stuff," she says. "Obviously you don't want to be too literal, but there were even some cases that happened in (Toronto) that I was kind of interested in at the time we were writing that worked their way in.

"It's more, like, the vibe or something that event would make me feel rather than describing some terrible thing that happened downtown. You're putting yourself in other people's shoes and just taking images and feelings from their story and using them for the (songs). It was nice to get some of that kind of thing on this album, too."

The Birthday Massacre, William Control and Aesthetic Perfection perform Friday, Nov. 2, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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