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Interview:
New release shows more sides of Detroit's Kaleido
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Kaleido enjoyed making its new EP, "Unbreakable," so much that it lost track of time.

Not a good thing to have happen around the holidays.

""We were in there the whole month of December; two days before Christmas everyone was like, 'Oh, shoot, we didn't buy any presents for anybody,' " singer Christina Criss says of the sessions the Detroit quintet held at Pearl Sound studio in Canton. "We got so lost in the process and had such a good time it crept up and all of us were like, 'I've got to go get mom and dad something from the store really quick.

"It was funny, but it all worked out, and it was a great experience."

The seven-song "Unbreakable" follows Kaleido's first EP in 2012, and while that was created primarily by Criss and drummer Joey Fava, the says the goal this time was to incorporate the rest of the group's influences and present more diverse and wide-ranging collection -- especially on the harder rock tip via ?? and the title track.

"I think all the different sides of Kaleido come through with this record," Criss says. "Everyone in the band has such diverse influences, and when you put them all together we get an original sound. It changes from song to song, but that's exciting. It all sounds like us, but they're all really different."

Kaleido's goal now is to push the group's profile beyond its home base. Criss says touring is a priority; Kaleido has played dates on the last two Vans Warped Tour and last year's Rockstar Uproar Festival, and it recently showcased at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. It's nominated for seven Detroit Music Awards this year, and the group members have their sights set on "going to as many new markets as possible with these songs," according to Criss.

"We've got an improved live performance and show. We've been spending a lot of time really honing it," she notes. "We've been doing a lot in Detroit the past couple of years, and now I'm really excited to be branching out and getting to other places."

Kaleido celebrates the release of its new EP, "Unbreakable," with Flint Eastwood, DJ Godfather, Half Light Music and Reverse Order on Saturday, March 29, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.



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