When: 9 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007
More info: larimerlounge.com
T ime can get distorted for bands in a cycle of writing, recording and touring, and Tanlines doesn't seem to mind the effect.
In the long stretch of success coming off the Brooklyn synth-pop duo's full-length debut, Mixed Emotions, Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm aren't getting bored, though the making of the record feels long passed.
"It really does feel like a long, long time ago now, partially because it is a long time ago and partially because in the last year or so we've changed what we've been doing so much," Cohen said, calling from the road in Alabama. "You know, we released it in March, and it's November and we're still going places. And every time we go to a city a second time it seems to be different people [at the shows]."
Mixed Emotions' opener, "Brothers," even seems to touch on the vagueness of changing over time, with the line "I'm just the same as I ever been / But I'm the only one who doesn't notice it." Then there's "Not The Same," with its earnest repetition of the title.
And of course they're not the same. Cohen and Emm have a long history of working together. As Tanlines, they've been at it for about four years. Before that, Emm was involved in Don Caballero and Storm and Stress, but he also produced an EP for Cohen's old outfit, Professor Murder. It's probably the latter bears the most resemblance to what they do now -- Professor Murder was completely rhythm-driven -- but Tanlines is a more melodic and emotion-packed project.
"It's interesting to me -- some people hear we've been playing music together for four years and say, 'Oh, that's not really long at all," and some people think it's a really long time," Cohen said.
Either way, it's been enough time for some evolution. Though Mixed Emotions carried over one of the duo's older singles, "Real Life," the record is not quite as rhythm-heavy as the previous singles or 2010's Settings EP. Cohen's drum still punch through and the synths often serve rhythmic functions, but they're there for melodic support, too, with Emm's vocals and guitars building catchy choruses.
"If I have to put myself back to where we were when we were writing the album; we sat down to do the album pretty fresh. We knew we wanted to write songs more like 'Real Life,' which was on our EP," Cohen said. "We really were just trying to explore and expand our songwriting abilities on the album. I think just the way we work is inherently somewhat experimental because of our background in music, and the way we approach it is going to be weirder than somebody who's coming up writing pop songs."
The exploration worked. Mixed Emotions was a hit out of the gate, especially the single "All of Me," and the record's success has kept them on the road for seven months now.
"We're getting closer and closer to where we're going to want to stop playing all the time, but when we released the album it was definitely one of our goals to work it for as long as possible," Cohen said. "We both feel very fortunate to be in the position where we can go Denver in November when the record came out in March."
The Denver stop at Larimer Lounge on Nov. 14 will be Tanlines' first ever show in town, so get there and see why they just keep going.
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