9/26: Soulsavers at Grog Shop

Soulsavers started off as a British downtempo duo, with producers Rich Machin and Ian Glover making eerily good electronic music. Since then they’ve grown into a collective of big-name artists collaborating on an ever-expansive range of musical tastes. The group’s new album, Broken, features a mosaic of styles, including beautiful piano sonatas (“The Seventh Proof“), fuzz-filled rock ’n’ roll (“Death Bells”), gothic country (“Some Misunderstanding”) and, of course, midnight down-tempo (“Unbalanced Pieces”). “I have a very wide taste in music,” says Machin. “I would have no interest whatsoever in just being in a rock band, just a jazz band or whatever. To me, music is music — be it gospel, country, rock, electronic. I just want the ability to not be pigeonholed in any kind of genre. That’s all bullshit really. I just want to do stuff that feels good.” Feeling good means working with friends, and on Broken, the Soulsavers partner with lots of ’em: Faith No More’s Mike Patton, Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce, Butthole Surfer Gibby Haynes, indie popster Richard Hawley and newcomers like Red Ghost (a.k.a. Rosa Agostino). In the studio, the producers had an opportunity to work with an entire orchestra; live, they run with a full band. Mark Lanegan (from the Screaming Trees) sings on 10 tracks and helped write just as many songs on the new record. “I’ve been a big fan of his for quite some time,” says Machin, noting Lanegan’s extensive solo career of great melancholy folk-rock. “A friend of mine had given him some previous records of ours, and it turns out he was actually a fan of ours too. It came together that way. This time around he co-wrote a lot of the record with us. He was definitely very instrumental in shaping what we did. We’re very lucky we have some very talented friends.” Red Ghost and Cobra Verde open at 8 p.m. at the Grog Shop (2785 Euclid Heights Blvd., Cleveland Hts., 216.321.5588) Tickets: $12 advance, $15 day of show. — Keith Gribbins

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