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Second album makes for twice the fun for Atlas Genius

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Atlas Genius toured shortly after the release of its second album, "Inanimate Objects," last August. But the second go-round in North America is a different and somewhat more pleasurable for the Australian-born Jeffrey brothers.

"Now that we've had these songs from the second album in the live set for close to maybe nine months, they start to take on a life of their own," singer-guitarist Keith Jeffrey says by phone from Denver. "Initially they kind of rule you, then you get inside them and they become a different entity.

"I think that's what's happening with a lot of songs on this album. We've really tweaked the flow of the set and worked on the light show, and it's really so much more polished than it was, which is great."

The time, he adds, has also allowed Jeffrey and his drumming brother Mike -- who formed Atlas Genius during 2009 in Adelaide -- to rediscover some of the "Inanimate Objects" material that had gone by the wayside initially.

"There's certain songs we didn't even play on the first tour that we almost, I guess, dismissed that we're playing now," Jeffrey says. "And they've become some of the most enjoyable songs to play live. I think the further you get away from the recording process and the memories of making (the album) fade, you can start to evaluate the songs as what they are as opposed to what you went through (recording) them."

That's happened just in time for Atlas Genius to start working on its next effort. Though no firm timetable is in place the group has been writing steadily since it finished "Inanimate Object," and the process has been a bit more comfortable this time around.

"At the end of the first album cycle and when we started to work on the second one there was a certain fear I definitely felt. I wanted to deny that, but it is a real thing, that second-album pressure," he says. "But this time around it's not a fear. I'm really excited about what we're starting to work on -- maybe 'cause it's the third album and we've got a body of work behind us, and now it's becoming more an enjoyable process again, the whole writing thing."

Atlas Genius, Skylar Grey and Secret Weapons

Saturday, April 16. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $17.

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

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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