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Milo Greene set a highmark to "beat" for sophomore album

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Milo Greene set out to have its sophomore album beat its 2012 debut.

With beats.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Heringer says the California rock quintet -- which performs Saturday, March 7, at the Magic Stick in Detroit -- had a more rhythmic approach in mind when it started making "Control," which came out in January. "This record was about experimenting with the thing we didn't really get a chance to on the first record," Heringer, 30, explains. "On the first records a lot of times we found the drums being an afterthought, so for ('Control') it was important to start there.

"So we went into the studio with our drummer (Curtis Marrero) and just had him lay down a bunch of beats and went from there."

The adventure, according to Heringer, was then building songs atop of rhythm patterns rather than starting with more conventional melodies or guitar riffs.

"It was kind of a way to get into some good grooves and use that as a foundation for the melodies and the overall sound," he explains. "I think it was really inspiring for all of us. Every time you go about it a different way and change the patterns you're used to and start creating from a different places, it's exciting. It's new, and you just think, 'Where are we going to go from here?' "

Heringer says he and his bandmates -- who named Milo Greene after a fictional booking agent's name they used to help get gigs early in the group's career -- plan to be asking that question throughout the group's career, if all goes as they hope.

"I think first and foremost, we're four songwriters, and there's so many influences and inspirations we're all trying to lean towards," Heringer says. "So I think this band's going to have the tendency to sting from genre to genre a little bit and find itself experimenting and trying hard not to make the same record twice."

Milo Greene and Wardell

Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $14.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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