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Hiatus was a positive move for the Hush Shound

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A nearly four-year hiatus has served the members of the Hush Sound well according to singer-guitarist Bob Morris.

"We just felt like it was a completely necessary thing to do to be sane and happy and enjoy ourselves again," explains Morris, 28, who started another group, Debate Team, during the interim. "Then when things lined up and it became possible to do this again, everyone was like, 'OK, let's wade into it,' and as we did we realized it would be a lot of fun."

"I don't know if any of us expected to be able to come out again at this capacity, but we are enjoying being back on the road and playing for all these people who already know us, and we're getting along great and just feeling very creative and there's a lot of good chemistry."

Morris and company plan to record their fourth album -- and first since 2008's "Goodbye Blues" -- during July. Meanwhile the Hush Sound has released an EP, "Forty Five," that features two songs, his "Not a Stranger and singer-pianist Greta Salpeter's "Scavengers," that Morris calls "just a little bit of a breeze to get us going.

"What we really kind of discovered from doing all the solo projects in-between is that the Hush Sound is the four of us," Morris says. "So we took these songs and put our own little language onto it. But no one stays the same; I enjoyed trying to write a little more of a slow song where I'd usually write a faster, more rockin' song -- which is exactly what 'Scavengers' is. And that's by Greta, who usually writes slower songs.

"That was a cool role-reversal and exciting to hear. It'll be interesting to see how it goes when we make the album."

The Hush Sound, Hockey, River City Extension and more perform Friday, June 7, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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