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Scott Fab at Ant All, 5 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic

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In his more than three decades of making music in the metro Detroit area, one thing Scott Fab has never done is release a full-length album.

Now that’s changed.

But unlike his punk and hardcore past, starting as a drummer with the band GCMS, Fab’s “Leave My Friends” is more delicate singer-songwriter fare -- richly melodic and occasionally melancholy in the folk and Americana vein. The Royal Oak resident, who works a day job as an equipment technician at an Oakland County hospital, made the 10-songs set at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor, taking inspiration from a variety of sources including fellow troubadours such as Ron Sexsmith and Kathleen Edwards.

It’s the beginning of a new era for Fab, and he promises there will be more to come -- sooner rather than later...

• Fab (nee Fabijanski), 49, is well aware that it comes as a surprise to many that “Leave My Friends” is his first album. “Back in the big record label days I got caught up in a lot of demo deals and EPs and this endless cycle of, ‘Give us three more songs. Give us four more songs...’” he explains. “I did that for quite a few years and never really released anything because I was chasing the rabbit. So when I returned to performing I thought, ‘Why not?’ even though I’m way behind the curve and nobody really releases full-length records anymore. But I really wanted to do it because it was something I’d never done before.”

• As he indicates, Fab spent about a decade away from live performance, though he continued to write. “I was a little bit burnt out and also wanted to try to experience some new things,” he says. “I’d been performing music in one form or another since I was in the fourth grade. I felt a real urge to experience some new things. I kept writing and cataloged a lot of stuff, all half-written and this and that. You do get in the habit of not completing anything.”

• Returning to performing, he says, was the key to finishing some of those songs. “I realized sometimes you need an impetus to complete things,” Fab says. “I decided I was going to do an open mic night, three songs, so that way I’ll complete three songs and just get out there. So I did and one thing led to another and I ended up getting back into it. I didn’t see it coming.”

• “Leave My Friends” may sound different than much of what Fab has done previously, but he says it represents his taste as far back as the hardcore 80s. “As much as I appreciate all forms of music, I gravitate to a strong melody, and always have,” Fab says. “My parents had a great record collection; they had all the Neil Young and (Bob) Dylan, Johnny Mathis and Paul Simon records. So I grew up on that 70s singer-songwriter, and I was very inclined to know what a great melody was and I gradually gravitated in that direction.”

• With a full album finally under his belt, Fab promises there will be more to follow. “I have another record completed -- just a solo record, me and an acoustic guitar. I’m hoping that will come out later in the year,” he says. “’Leave My Friends’ is more of an introduction to kind of reintroduce myself to the local area and hopefully gain some new fans and try to build a network of people. It’s really interesting to come back to a music scene and see what remnant of people still remember you or that you remember and are still involved with the scene. And it’s exciting meeting this new generation of people. That’s been a lot of fun.”

If You Go:

• Scott Fab, the Drinkard Sisters and Anthony Retka

• 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

• Ant Hall, 2320 Caniff Ave., Hamtramck.

• Admission is $5.

• Call 313-402-4118 or visit planetant.com.

Web Site: www.planetant.com

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