What: Dragonette and The Presets
When: 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874
More info: ogdentheater.net
Canadian electro-pop trio Dragonette was having some typical tour problems when we talked to singer Martina Sorbana on Thursday.
The bus broke down and was hauled off to a shop with her phone still inside. Thanks to the band’s manager, though, we got through and talked with Sorbana about some changes in the set lists and the states of mind behind the music.
Dragonette’s latest album, Bodyparts, is a danceable pop gem on first glance, and something a little meatier and melancholy with a deeper listen. The dichotomy has been pointed out by journalists, but Sorbana is more hesitant to see the record as so black and white.
I hope the tour is going well so far, other than this struggle.
Yeah it’s been really fun, actually. It’s kind of serendipitous, we broke down in this tiny town and I’m sitting on the beach in this random town in Iowa. It’s kind of amazing. I would come back here.
I read that you’re changing the show up a bit for the last Bodyparts tour. What’s going to be different?
There’s a lot of times when we’re playing a show and you wanna keep blasting out big, kind of happy songs, and I think we’ve just recognized that that’s really not the only thing we do, and we decided to give more credence to the other songs that we write that aren’t necessarily big and dancey. We’re spending more time with the melancholy stuff. It’s actually my favorite part of the set.
That record was written on the road, right?
Actually, it was written all over the place. It was written while we were touring a lot, but we don’t really write when we’re out. I think it was written during whatever down bits were in between following the wave of “Hello” blowing up.
I know this has been said, but the lyrics are a little heavier than the infectious melodies and rhythms would suggest. Is that a reflection of life on the road?
I don’t consider my lyrics heavy. I think of the lyrics of my songs as, I don’t know, true. Or not glassy or sugary. I really had this very conscious idea of making a sort of lighter, happier album. Or not happier, but just lyrically sunny. I don’t know, I’m sure that our heavy songs — I think on the whole it’s pretty light hearted. I don’t mean throwaway or anything. Every single song is coming from a true and real place.
Have you been doing any writing in the downtime between the recent tours?
Not as much as I should be. I’m trying to, but it’s a struggle. I feel like it’s a different mindframe, and I feel like it’s hard to be really into both frames at the same time.