With its seventh album, “23,” just out, frontwoman Kazu Makino says there’s “a lot of touring” ahead for New York’s Blonde Redhead — kicking off tonight at Detroit’s Magic Stick. And she has her own way of dealing with that.
“I kind of avoid being aware of my schedule,” she says with a laugh. “I’m just gonna get in the bus and not know where it’s going. I function better that way. It helps me to be stable and more relaxed about it. Whenever I move, I just think I’m going around the corner.”
“23” finds Makino and her mates, who formed in 1993 after a chance meeting at an Italian restaurant, pushing its particular brand of avant rock in new directions. The sound is more spare and open, which she credits to a writing process that often found the trio working on several songs at once.
“Whenever we got stuck we would do something else,” Makino explains. “It’s like going to completely different rooms. Each song requires different things, and you don’t necessarily know what that is. So you have to kind of go search for it, and you reach a point where you say, ‘OK, maybe I should put this one down and give it a break for now and go to another song.’
“By just being distracted like that, it keeps everything a little fresh. You don’t get too frustrated just because one thing’s not working. We enjoyed working like that.”
Blonde Redhead and Midnight Movies perform Friday (April 13th) at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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