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Interview:
Guster is "grateful" for career longevity
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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This year's 20th anniversary of its first album, "Parachute," gives the members of Guster pause.

But not for long.

"It's weird to think that the average lifespan of a band is much shorter than what we've experienced," says percussionist Brian Rosenworcel, who formed Guster during 1991 with Tufts University classmates Ryan Miller and Adam Gardner. "For us, every album is a whole new opportunity to break through a wall and do things we've never done before, so I guess we're fortunate. That sort of kept us going and kept us going for our fans.

"But, yeah, it's a long time to be maintaining their enthusiasm for us. I don't know where it comes from, but we're grateful for it."

Being a musical moving target certainly helps maintain interest, Rosenworcel acknowledges. Guster morphed from a trio to a quartet in 2003 -- multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds has been on board since 2010 -- and Rosenworcel moved from strictly hand percussion to a drum kit as well. And its latest album, "Evermotion" -- Guster's first set of new material in five years -- finds the band experimenting with keyboards and ambient textures with producer Richard Swift, who's previously worked with the Black Keys and the Shins.

"It's really about the instrumentation," Rosenworcel, 41, says of the change. "All along we've been writing catchy pop songs that are fit for mainstream consumption or along the lines of the bands we like, like Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles and Duran Duran, whatever else influences us. But we dropped the kind of acoustic guitars and bongos schtick we started with, just out of maturing and expanding. As long as there's good songs underneath it doesn't matter how you dress it up.

"It's weird to be 20-something years into it and feel like you're just at the tip of breaking through to the other side of something, but that's how we feel. Who knows what the next one will sound like."

Guster and Kishi Bashi

Saturday, April 11. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit

Tickets are $32.50. Fifty cents from each ticket is donated to the charity Reverb.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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