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MUSIC REVIEW – Closer Than You Know by The Changes

By Marty Mulrooney

The Changes - Closer Than You Know

Closer Than You Know is the third album from The Changes, a band formed in 2002 in Chicago. Since then, the four band members have spread out considerably across the globe. Darren Spitzer (lead singer) and Jonny Basofin (drums) are still living in Chicago, while Rob Kallick (bass) has moved to LA and Dave Rothblatt (guitar/songwriter) is living in Taiwan. That’s what made the 2013 release of their second album – American Master – such a pleasant surprise, with AMO describing it as “a worthy follow-up that quickly proves to be a real grower” and “sadness delivered with a smile.” Closer Than You Know offers fans old and new alike 10 fresh tracks to listen to and enjoy, but has their “trademark wistful lyrics and permeating sense of joyful, exuberant damp” remained intact?

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MUSIC REVIEW – American Master by The Changes

By Marty Mulrooney

The Changes - American Master

American Master is the brand new album from The Changes. After making such a scene with their spectacular debut album Today Is Tonight in 2006, this talented indie band seemed destined for greatness. However, soon after their first album was released they quickly disappeared into relative obscurity, kept alive only by the dedicated fans who patiently waited in dwindling hope for new material to appear. Lead singer Darren Spitzer told Alternative Magazine Online in 2010 that he wasn’t sure about a new album, ‘but we always have tons of songs.’ However, it’s now 2013 and – against the odds – The Changes have finally released a follow-up album, American Master, after working on it over the past five years.

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INTERVIEW – In Conversation With Darren Spitzer (Lead Singer, The Changes)

By Marty Mulrooney

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I first heard The Changes when they were supporting The Dykeenies a few years ago. It was one of those wonderfully rare moments where you go to see a band that you know is great, then unexpectedly discover another one in the process. The Chicago based band blew me away with their signature anthem ‘Her, You and I’, making me rush to the small wooden desk at the back of the gig and buy their album ‘Today Is Tonight’ in a cardboard slipcase (for a fiver!) I have been a huge fan ever since. I was recently lucky enough to catch up with lead singer Darren Spitzer for a chat about the band. I hope AMO’s readers check these guys out! They’re innovative, unique and very alternative.

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