Sub­urbs get­ting set to re-en­ter the build­ing

Fri­day’s First Ave set kicks off a run be­hind an up­com­ing al­bum.

Star Tribune - - MOVIE GUIDE - By CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER chrisr@star­tri­ Chris Riemenschneider • 612-673-4658

Not that the Sub­urbs need an ex­cuse to re­turn to First Av­enue, a club that has sur­vived as many in­car­na­tions and mu­sicbiz trends as the band it­self. How­ever, Chan Poling thinks he and his group have a pretty good rea­son to be play­ing there Fri­day for the first time in three years.

“We’re ready to kick off what I think is go­ing to be an­other great run for this band,” the Sub­urbs front­man said, re­fer­ring to the fact that there’s a new al­bum in the can ready for re­lease later this year.

Ti­tled “Hey Muse,” the record is the new wavy dance­rock band’s first LP since 2013’s well-re­ceived “Si Sau­vage” — which ended a 25-year record­ing lull in the Sub­urbs’ discog­ra­phy. It will also be the “Love Is the Law” hit­mak­ers’ first al­bum with­out co-founder Beej Chaney, who left the band due to health is­sues in 2013. Younger gui­tar wiz Jeremy Ylvisaker came aboard in the in­terim.

“I’ll al­ways miss Beej,” Poling said, “but I’m very proud of this new lineup and what we did with this record. It’s re­ally a full-on rock record fu­eled by the chem­istry Steve [Brantseg, the Sub­urbs’ other gui­tarist] and Jeremy have de­vel­oped.”

Look for a 7-inch sin­gle for Record Store Day, April 22, to pre­view the new al­bum. Poling also thinks they’ll play four of the new songs in Fri­day’s set, which will be fol­lowed by a longer re­lease party, prob­a­bly over the sum­mer.

JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@star­tri­

The Sub­urbs are kick­ing off “an­other great run” says front­man Chan Poling, cen­ter, with bassist

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