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Cartel Still Bubbling About "Bubble" Experience

Of the Oakland Press

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Atlanta modern rockers Cartel recorded their selftitled sophomore album in a bubble — literally.

The quintet made “Cartel” earlier this year inside a 40-by 60-foot fiberglass “bubble” studio on Pier 54 in New York City, where MTV crews filmed the proceedings for a reality series. As if there wasn’t enough pressure following up the successful 2005 debut “Chroma.”

“Y’know, it was fun. We had a good time doing it,” reports Cartel frontman Will Pugh, 23. “There’s obviously things we’d change now, but that’s true of anything. I guess we’re just happy to have a new record out and happy to be doing what we’re good at, which is touring and getting at it that way.”

Pugh says the hardest part of the “bubble” sessions wasn’t necessarily the TV cameras.

“After awhile you block it out,” he says, adding that the cameras were even shut down to allow him to record some of his vocals. But, Pugh notes, the group would have probably liked more than the 20 days allotted for recording the “Cartel” album.

“We haven’t been under a situation yet where we’ve taken a long time to record and have a month to listen to a song before it actually gets put out,” Pugh explains. “I think next time we might go that route ... rather than the short little bursts (of recording) we’ve had up ’til now.

“But the thing about our songs is we never stop trying to make them better. The way we play them now is different than when we recorded them; you kind of go, ‘I wish I had this idea then, y’know?’ When you record you’re, like, taking a picture of the song at that time. Now, when we play live, you’re hearing the song the way we want it to be — today, at least.”

Cartel, the Honorary Title, Weatherbox and Monument, Monument perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 21) at Clutch Cargos, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $17. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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