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Detroit's His Name Is Alive hits 25 years

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Warren Defever confesses to "feeling a little bit old these days" -- at least as he comes to grips with the idea that it's been 25 years since he released the first album by his alternative/experimental rock band His Name Is Alive.

"Yeah, it's been a long time," says the Livonia-born Defever, 45, who now resides in Detroit proper and celebrates the group's anniversary with a performance Saturday, Feb. 14, at the city's Magic Stick. "I feel like maybe now's the time I have to be honest about it and come clean and acknowledge that's what it is.

"Really, when you think about the year 1990, what were you doing back then? Why did I make that record? things were so different; that was before the Internet, back when you still had to read books or go to the library. It was, like, the dark ages. I'm just glad I'm still alive."

But, he adds, "Trying to put some of this into some historical perspective doesn't make any sense to me. I'm not the person to make sense of what I've done. I'm not quite ready to write the autobiography."

Indeed, Defever -- who's also produced, engineered and remixed for other artists such as Yoko Ono, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Califone and fellow Michiganders such as the Gories, the Stooges and Destroy All Monsters -- is much more interested in the present. In October HNIA released a "rock opera" called "Tecuciztecai," which was inspired by the gothic flavor of Britain's Hammer studio horror films of the 60s.

Mostly, Defever says, the presence of new material keeps him from getting too romantic or nostalgic about the early HNIA releases, which he pronounces "horrible" and "virtually unlistenable."

"It's not all bad, but I just cannot understand them. I have no connection to them whatsoever," he says. "But I do feel like I'm in a good position where I've had so few fans from the beginning that I've never had any fear of disappointing them. We've been so unsuccessful from day one that there's never a fear of messing with a formula or doing something bad.

"Since we were always at zero we always thought we could just go up from there, that there was nothing to lose. That's where I've always operated from, and probably always will."

His Name Is Alive and John Krautner

Saturday, Feb. 14. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $15.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit wwwmajesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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