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Interview:
Britain's Fanfarlo explores deep questions on new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Making its third album, "Let's Go Extinct," was "a pretty quick and painless process" for British rockers Fanfarlo, according to the group's Simon Balthazar.

And it's not exactly a run-of-the-mill kind of pop album, either.

"We had all these ideas we were quite excited about and talking about incorporating into pop music," says Balthazar, 32, who co-founded the group during 2006 in London. With songs that have appeared in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and on the TV shows "Grey's Anatomy," "Chuck" and "Beaver Falls," Balthazar adds that this time out Fanfarlo wanted to sing about things "that you don't see in pop music that music. We wanted to talk about other things that are everyday sort of subjects to us, but not the kind of love stories or things like that that you usually get in pop songs."

Throughout "Let's Go Extinct," then, Balthazar and his mates engage in "little plays with perspective," looking at an assortment of issues from different viewpoints. "So one song might deal with perspectives on the body, another might deal with aspects of the mind or about evolution or about life," he explains. It's high-minded, but it's also tuneful and accessible, which Balthazar says was a prime directive while making the album.

"In a way, that's what science fiction often does; it picks up things that are quite, I guess big questions if you like, but treats them in an exciting way," he says. "I wouldn't necessarily say it's a science fiction record, but you could compare it to science fiction in that way. It's a way of presenting big questions like that in an exciting way, through music, which is pretty challenging."

Fanfarlo performs Monday, April 14, in the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $19. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.

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