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Changes Afoot In Guster's World

Of the Oakland Press

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The members of Guster are ready to make a few changes — not necessarily drastic ones, mind you, but commiserate with young men in their mid-30s.

Primarily, says singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Miller, there’s a drive to expand the band’s extended family.

“Three of the four of us are married,” says Miller, 34, “and all our wives have conspired this should be the year for (having children). It certainly behooves us to be on the same baby-making schedule for practicality purposes.

“And I’m totally ready, too. I want to be that weird kind of rock ’n’ roll dad with the baby in front of me in the little pack. We have a lot of friends in bands who have kids, so we know it can be done.”

Miller and his bandmates plan to work on another new delivery for 2008 — Guster’s fifth album, the follow-up to last year’s ambitious and sonically expansive “Ganging Up on the Sun.” Miller says the group is still “really proud” of that album and predict that “we’re always going to be really ambitious and really hungry for things that are gonna be hard for us to achieve.”

But, he adds, it’s a bit too early to guess what form that will take on the next release.

“We’re starting to have those conversations about, ‘What kind of record do we want to make?,’ but it’s a bunch of hot air,” Miller says. “We just have to sit down and write it and see. But we’re all encouraged and pumped up about it. We feel like we have something to prove, still.”

Guster and Chantal Kreviazuk perform with Ben Kweller and Bedouin Soundclash at Riverfest ’07 at 7 p.m. Friday (July 20th) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $27.50.-$35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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