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Britain's virginmarys took time to get their sound right

For Journal Register Newspapers

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Ally Dickaty figures there might be someone out there who's not particularly happy about his group's name, the Virginmarys. But so far, he says, the British rock trio hasn't heard about it.

"Touch wood, we haven't had any trouble with it as of yet," says the singer-guitarist, who co-founded the trio during 2006 in Macclesfield, England. "I'm hoping that it won't cause too much controversy. Really just me and Danny (Dolan) the drummer were over in L.A., at a bar, and we overheard these guys talking about going to a club called the Virgin Marys. That was just something that always stuck with us.

"So when it came to coming up with a band name, that was in our heads and we thought, 'Right, we'll go for this.' It was only after that we thought, 'Oh, we hope that doesn't offend anyone...' "

The Virginmarys released its first full album, "King of Conflict," in February after releasing four EPs. Dickaty, 30, says it was a deliberate strategy hatched by the band and its management and helped make "King of Conflict" that much better when the group finally started working on it.

"It's such an important thing, I think, the debut album that we wanted to make it as good as we possibly could," Dickaty explains. "We tightened up as a band over that time and found our voice a lot more. The songs became a lot more direct and more dynamic. We're a lot more of a combustive force now. We feel a lot stronger than we did three years go.

"So, yeah, it was just the right thing to wait for a bit before releasing that full-length."

The Virginmarys perform with Iamdynamite, the Sights, the Prime Ministers and the Strange on Saturday, April 13, at Small's, 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 313-873-1117 or visit www.smallsbardetroit.com.

Web Site: www.smallsbardetroit.com

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