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Interview:
Margot & the Nuclear So and So's go for a quieter blast on new album
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Margot & the Nuclear So and So's decided to deviate from its standard practice of making albums for the new "Slingshot To Heaven," according to frontman Richard Edwards.

"We generally start a record and sort of abort it pretty quickly," notes Edwards, 30, who recently returned to his native Indiana, where the group was founded a decade ago, after spending time living in Chicago. "That's been a pattern for us. We beat our heads against the wall for a week, then throw it out and start a new one.

"But on this one, I think we knew we were going to produce it ourselves. We started writing songs and played a lot of songs over the course of a month or two in my living room. That sort of shaped it; we didn't just do a bunch and cast them aside and start on more (songs). We hung with them this time and really enjoyed doing it that way."

"Slingshot to Heaven" also sounds different from its five predecessors. Even though some of the early material the group came up with was "sort of rowdy," Edwards and his bandmates -- particularly guitarist and main co-writer Kenny Childers -- settled into a more mellow and melodic groove that Edwards says reflects the band members' current state of mind.

"At a certain point I got it in my mind this was going to be a 30-year-old's record," Edwards acknowledges. "It seemed pretty obvious it was going to be sort of a midtempo affair and, lyrically, an overview of the last decade and a jumping-off point for something that's going to come next.

"I'm super proud of how many records we've done since we left a major label (in 2009). I'm proud of the fact we've worked even harder, and it's been a much more positive experience when we're doing it. I would never want to do it the other way again, and I don't see any reason to stop as long as we feel like we're getting better all the time. Of course, if it ever gets worse, we should stop."

Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, Empires and Kate Myers perform Friday, April 25, at the Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 day of show.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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