Better Than Ezra's Tom Drummond says nobody should read much into the five-year gap leading up to the New Orleans group's seventh album, "All Together Now."
"It's not that we haven't been doing stuff; we just took a little bit more time in the process of accumulating the right songs and picking the right producer," explains Drummond, 45, who met band co-founder Kevin Griffin while both were attending Louisiana State University and is the only member who still resides in New Orleans. "We did this (album) on our own dime, so we weren't rushed to do it or anything else like that. We just did it as we felt we needed to."
Drummond says he and Griffin came up with "quite a few more" songs than the 11 that are part of "All Together Now," which came out in September. The group, he says, was after songs it felt were "undeniable," which also led the group to producer Tony Hoffer, who's well versed in contemporary sounds through his work with Fitz & the Tantrums, Foster The People, Silversun Pickups and others.
"We're huge fans of all the stuff he`s done," Drummond says, "and we were like, 'OK, we're gonna let him approach this the way he wants to do it,' 'cause Kevin and I both produce. What we waned was someone to come in and go, 'We're gonna do it this way, not the way y'all would want to do it or are used to doing it.'
"And from the beginning, it was like, 'Hmm, is this going to work?' But we let him do it, and we love the end result. The songs are still, at their core, very Better Than Ezra, just maybe freshened up a bit, which is exactly what we wanted Tony to do to them. It sounds like us, but they're just dressed up in what is the current mode of music."
Better Than Ezra
Saturday, Oct. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $29.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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