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Lifehouse Goes For Harder Rock On New Album

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Lifehouse’s goal for its new album, “Who We Are,” was to lighten up — and rock out.

“I wanted to get back to our roots and make a rock record again,” says group leader Jason Wade, adding that the ballad “You and Me,” the first single from 2005’s “Lifehouse” album, “kinda softened us up a little bit. I think people forget that we started off as an alternative band, then we kinda got immersed in that Adult Top 40 and Top 40 world.

“This time it was really refreshing just to plug our guitars back in and crank it up and play some uptempo rock music.”

And while some of “Who We Are’s” songs hew towards the dark, emotional lyricism of 2005’s “Lifehouse,” Wade, 27, says the general tone of the album, which has sold about 150,000 copies since its mid-June release, is “a little more lighthearted.”

“I sometimes have a tendency to get too deep and overthink things a little bit,” he explains.

“This whole process has been more about, ‘Let’s just create the song and not really overthink it.’ I’ve been in a positive frame of mind lately, so I wanted this record to be a little more upbeat or uptempo or whatever, and I think you can definitely feel that here.”

Lifehouse opens for the Goo Goo Dolls at 7 p.m. Sunday (August 26th) at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway at Schoennherr Road, Sterling Heights. Tickets are $46.50 and $36.50 pavilion, $29.50 lawn. Call (586) 268-5100 or visit www.freedomhill.net.

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