Playing a group of small venues to promote the new album “Parallel Universe” that releases Aug. 24, the Plain White T’s are making their first visit to the Capitol Federal Amphitheater in Andover Saturday.
The group, consisting of Tom Higgenson, Tim Lopez, Mike Retondo, De’Mar Hamilton and Dave Tirio, will be in Andover after a show in Beaver Creek, Colo. Friday.
“We’re kind of going back to smaller venues to reconnect because we haven’t really put out an album in a few years,” Plain White T’s lead singer Tom Higgenson said. “... Give (the fans) a really sweaty fun show and build it back up from there.”
Returning to the Fearless Record label after four albums with Hollywood Records and one album with Megaforce/MRI/Proud Bird Records and working with a new producer this is the first album release for the group since American Nights in 2015, the group plans to start a full fledge tour next year.
“Right now we’re kind of doing the weekend warrior shows where we’ll go play a show here, a show there, come home for a few days and the next weekend go and play a couple more show,” Higgenson said.
“Parallel Universe” is the eighth record for the Plain White T’s. The Discography includes: “Stop”, 2002, Fearless Records; “All That we Needed”, 2005, Fearless Records; “Every Second Counts,” 2006, Hollywood; “Big, Bad World”, 2008, Hollywood; “Live at Shepherds Bush Empire January 30th, 2008”, 2009, Hollywood Records (UK); “Wonder of the Younger”, Hollywood/Universal Music; “American Nights”, 2015, Megaforce/MRI/Proud Bird Records and “Parallel Universe”, 2018, Fearless Records.
Working with producer Nat Squire, the Plain White T’s kept their surface alternative rock/pop sound, but Higgenson said under the surface is a “deeper, darker sound”. Squire has worked with Panic at the Disco, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez,
“It’s definitely not like anything we’ve done before but at the same time it is,” Higgenson said. “You’re going to hear it and think this is the Plain White T’s for sure. But we experimented a lot with the sound. We tried to make a much more unique sounding album.
That uniqueness came from a changing the way the veteran alternative/rock/pop group made music.
“Before we would just grab our guitars and go in the studio, sit around and put the song together, record it and that was about it ... pretty raw,” Higgenson said. “ ... This time around, we love listening to all kinds of music, so we wanted to incorporate other things in there.”
Working with Squire, a long time friend of the band, fit perfectly with the Plain White T’s style.
“He’s the best of both worlds,” Higgenson said. “He gets the band thing and the rock thing but he also does big pop stuff, so it was fun to sit with him and carve out these songs in the production.”
The Plain White T’s and opening act Vertical Horizon will be the last show of the The Capital Federal 2018 Concert Series. It is a free concert for general admission tickets. Those tickets are available at https://www.andoverks.com/612/Capitol-Federal-Amphitheater www.capitolfederalamphitheater.com. Limited VIP and Premium tickets are also available.