With its expansive and improvisation-laden heavy rock sound, Boston’s Isis prefers to play headlining dates in order to better facilitate its repertoire. But the group is pragmatic enough to take opening gigs for wider exposure, which guitarist Mike Gallagher says has led to some interesting situations.
“It all depends on who it’s for,” explains Gallagher, 35. “If we’re really into a band that asks us to (open), it’s awesome. We’ve opened for some of our idols thus far, and that’s been nothing but wonderful.”
But, he recalls, “In the early days, we did a few tours with bands that I suppose were questionable at best. I don’t want to name names, but they’re the kinds of bands whose fans were not particularly open to what we were trying to do. It wasn’t really rewarding for anyone; we played to people that could care less about us, and they saw a band they could care less about.
“In the last six or seven years, though, it’s been better. We kind of pick and choose a little more comfortably.”
And Gallagher says Isis — whose latest album, “In the Absence of Truth,” came out in October — is still pleased with it last big opening stint, for Tool in the fall of 2006.
“It worked out much better than any of us really had anticipated,” he recalls. “We realized it’s very diffi cult for an opening band to make a positive impression on fans that have spent anywhere between $50 and $80 on their favorite band of all time.
“But it went very well. For the most part we were very well received, and their crew was nothing but wonderful. We’re all fans of (Tool), so I’m glad we had such a great experience with them.”
Isis, Jesu and Zozobra perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday (March 20th) at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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