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Continued: The 'Burbs are back

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 23, 2013 - 4:32 PM

Getting renewed exposure for their 1984 hit “Love Is the Law” during the same-sex marriage battle was a boost, too.

“I think the marriage amendment thing helped us more than we helped the marriage amendment,” said Klaers, who still sports his spiky hairdo but now wears glasses.

The band used some of the Kickstarter money to hire a New York publicist and cover expenses for travel to the Big Apple to play next month at the Mercury Lounge. There are a few other shows scheduled, too, including a two-nighter at St. Cloud’s Paramount Theatre (Oct. 25-26) and a festival on Wisconsin’s Madeline Island (Sept. 21).

The ’Burbs are even talking about another album.

“We plan on getting into the studio ASAP,” Brantseg said.

Poling has been sending demo recordings of new songs to his bandmates, said Price, who engineered “Si Sauvage” and replaced arthritis-afflicted original bassist Michael Halliday.

“This is Chan’s record,” Klaers said of “Si Sauvage.” “The next record we’ll get more time with Beej.”

Will Chaney move back to Minneapolis?

“If it gets to the point where it’s really turning into headquarters and we’re making enough money, I would consider renting a small place,” said Chaney, who lives in Venice Beach with two Basset hounds and is engaged to a California woman.

“If I don’t come back and be part of the Suburbs, it will be the Chan Poling Band. But I want to. The next record I want to write with Chan. Some stuff where you can really hear my voice. Some stuff with cool rock ’n’ roll bar chords and lyrics that are more edgy. We can make the rock record that everybody probably wants.”


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    In concert: 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at State Fair Grandstand with Trampled by Turtles, Mason Jennings, P.O.S. and the Chalice. $28.

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