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Interview:
The Starting Line returns to the beginning on new tour
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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The 10-year anniversary of its first album, "Say It Like You Mean It," has given alt.rockers the Starting Line some fresh perspective on the set, which the Philadelphia quintet is playing in its entirety for its current tour.

"To be honest, to me it sounds like a record that came out in the early 2000s -- and that's not a bad thing," says guitarist Matt Watts. "It's just every nostalgic. I don't know if it would stand the set of time in the current marketplace if it were released as a new album, but it's certainly going to be a fun thing for people who were fans of that music during that era."

The Starting Line released two more albums after "Say It..." but went on a short hiatus in 2008. The band regrouped in 2009 but has only played periodically since, with frontman Kenny Vasoli leading a new group, Vacationer, and the other band members leading what Watts calls "normal lives with normal jobs."

But the Starting Line may be getting a new start. The group has written a new song, "Luck," that it's been playing for about a year, and Watt -- who works in artist management in New York -- says there could be more where that came from.

"I'm really excited about it, personally," says Watts, 33. "To me, ('Luck') feels a bit like a Pixies-influenced song, which is definitely very interesting. I think it's going to be fun for us to get back in a room and create music. I don't know what the plans will be for it, but it will be nice to get to a place where we can get together and write some new material. I think we've all missed doing that."

The Starting Line and Vinnie Caruana perform Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-8358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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