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Interview:
Misterwives at the Crofoot, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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New York’s MisterWives certainly made a nice arrival with its debut album, “Our Own House.”

The 2015 set went Top 10 on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart and launched successful singles in “Reflections” and “Our Own House.” It also got the group on the road with the likes of Panic! At The Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Bleachers and more.

The next step came in May with the release of the quintet’s sophomore album, “Connect The Dots.” Working with producers Butch Walker and Etienne Bowler, MisterWives delivered a fuller-sounding 11-song set, as evidenced by singles such as “Machine,” “Oh Love” and “Drummer Boy.” The group hit the road again earlier this year with Panic!, and it’s now digging deeper into both albums with its own headlining tour.

• Bassist Will Hehir says that he and his bandmates have been gratified that MisterWives’ fans are embracing “Connect The Dots” as an album even more than they’re gravitating to the individual singles. “It really seems like people have jumped into listening to the whole album, which is great,” Hehir, 29, says by phone from Columbus, Ohio. “We’re trying to take all these different emotions and ideas and put them together -- connecting the dots, which is where the title comes from. Each song speaks to someone very differently, so it’s nice to have people not just excited about one or two or three songs but the entire album. We never wanted to be one of those bands that people are like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re this one thing.’ You always want to jump into different genres and blend them together and not get pigeonholed into one particular sound or one song.”

• As MisterWives hits the road, Hehir says it’s nice to have two albums worth of material to draw from after touring for so long with just one. “It certainly is,” he notes. “We spent so long with this limited source (of material) to draw from. Now we have 11 new songs and you go through the whole thing, ‘We have to add this, take this away.’ It becomes a little more difficult. Some of our favorite songs from previous shows, we don’t have time to play them anymore. But that’s a good problem to have. We’re really proud of everything on the new album but to play it all would be jarring. But its’ definitely a lot of fun, and its fun to see people sing along to them.”

• Fans will notice something different about MisterWives’ show this time out, according to Hehir. “Playing off the idea of ‘Connect The Dots,’ we’re trying not to leave any space between songs,” he explains. “That can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to develop changes or roundabout ways of things going together. But that’s what we’re trying for in this show, to have one long set where people have a second to catch their breath here and there but not too much time. It’s hard to do, but it’s exciting.”



If You Go:

• Misterwives and the Greeting Committee

• Friday, June 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

• Tickets are $25.

• Call (248) 858-9333 or visit thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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