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New singer puts some fresh juice in Saliva

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Saliva switched singers in 2012 -- from original frontman Josey Scott to Bobby Amaru -- and it hasn't lost a step in creating new music.

Last fall the hard rocking Memphis quartet released the fan-only "In It To Win It Album." Now, come April 28, Saliva will release "Rise Up," featuring many of the same songs and, Amaru says, a refreshed energy after seven previous releases.

"That's what they said they were looking for when we first talked on the phone," says Amaru, 30, who was fronting his own project at the time. "They said they really liked my voice and liked my energy and, I guess, vibe, and they had been lacking that for awhile. It wasn't fun anymore. It was almost like they needed a new fire.

"So I definitely feel I add a new energy to the band and give the band life again. And that's what the other guys tell me, too."

The "In It To Win It"/"Rise Up" repertoire comes from hard touring to acclimate Amaru to the lineup, its 12 tracks coming from 20 Saliva wrote during that getting-to-know-you period.

"We picked the ones we thought were best to record," Amaru explains. "These guys have been doing it a long time; we just knew we didn't want it to be sale and like every other record they done. We wanted it to be kind of special. Being my first record with them, it was extremely important for it to be as good as it can be.

"So we really got to the songwriting and just focused on the songs before the production. All I wanted to do was make sure it still sounded like Saliva; musically it obviously would because these are guys who have been playing in the band forever, but at the same time we waned the songs to have depth and meaning and to try new things, too -- and make sure we didn't lose the rock aspect of it. I think we've done all that, so we can't wait for people to hear it."

Saliva performs Thursday, March 27, at the Token Lounge, 28649 Joy Road, Westland. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 734-513-5030 or visit www.thetokenlounge.com.

Web Site: www.tokenlounge.com

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