Who: Guster with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St.
Cost: SOLD OUT
Guster’s blowing into town to show off tunes from its upcoming CD, Easy Wonderful, and play Thursday night’s sold-out Fox show.
It’s been a long time between Guster records, and fans are anxiously waiting to hear more of the band’s clever blend of rock, pop and indie sounds.
The band’s also planning to show off its new tunes for the radio folk gathered at the annual Triple A conference.
“It’s been four years since we’ve had a record out,” singer/guitarist Ryan Miller said. “It was really difficult for us to make the new record. We had to reassess what we were doing — and find a joy to why we were still at it.
“We crashed and burned in the middle of the record and we started from scratch. All this new music is coming from a great place. It’s a really fantastic record — the best we’ve made as a band.”
Guster always rises to the occasion. This band is known for creating innovative records and songs that stay with you long after your iPod’s turned off.
“Hopefully, we’re getting better as songwriters and arrangers,” Miller said. “I feel like we’re starting a third version of the band. First we were acoustic, then we used other instruments and now it feels like a whole other thing.
“After 15 to 18 years we’re still like a pop band, buy hopefully not as disposable. We have some instrument changes on the new record — the rule is as long as it serves the song, everything’s on the table. We also have some new textures we haven’t played before.”
Guster’s aim was to create a unique, but upbeat sounding record. The band used everything in its bag of tricks to pull off the songs on Easy Wonderful, and it looks like this record will go the distance.
“We wanted to make a dynamic but upbeat record,” Miller said. “It feels like classic Guster with a sense of melody and attention to lyrics. Hopefully, it hangs together as a complete thought.”
To get the music out to the masses, Guster’s catchy new tunes “Bad Bad World” and “Do You Love Me” were released early. You can hear them at myspace.com/guster.
The band also found a new home on Aware/Universal Records and plans to headline a fall tour.
“As we get older, we try and make every record count,” Miller said. “We’ve been leaking the record out in interesting ways to get ready for the fall tour. You can’t rely on radio, so you gotta keep people interested.
“We’re a bunch of creative dudes, and now we have creative ways to promote the record that still feel organic and consistent with the band.”
The band is ready to wow locals and radio folk at the Fox concert. This group’s no stranger to Boulder, and local audiences are always eager for a Guster show.
“We’ve always had a lot of support from Triple A radio,” Miller said. “It’s the most forward-thinking format and where our home base is. It was a no-brainer for us to do this.
“We’ll see all our friends and supporters and win them over.”