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Platinum Blonde not looking back

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Platinum Blonde may have come of age in the ’80s with numerous hits including “Crying Over You,” “Not In Love,” “ Doesn’t Really Matter,” and “Standing in the Dark” but they’re not ones to dwell there.
 They play Soundgarden with the Dirti Speshuls, Nov. 13.

Platinum Blonde return to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
“ Making new music, that’s what keeps us going. We wouldn’t keep doing it if it wasn’t for new music,” said frontman Mark Holmes, on his way to rehearsal with band mates guitarist Sergio Galli, bassist Rob Laidlaw and drummer Dan Todd.

The band is half way finished a new album to be called “Sympathy Orchestra,” which Holmes expects to be released early next year.

It will be the follow up to their 2012 album “Now & Never”  

“I’ve done a lot of DJing and electronica music, so we used a lot of that. It’s a 2015 album in 1985 if that makes any sense,” he said, adding the band has always dabbled with electronic music going back to their earliest days.

“There were only three of us and we wanted a bigger sound. We heavily orchestrated our sound.  So the bass guitar would play what a rhythm guitar would and the rhythm guitar would play repetitive lines. And then there was my voice, if you could call it that,” he said.

“And then we’d have a steady beat, because we  wanted to keep people dancing, which we’d do when we play small clubs and carried on while playing larger venues,” he said.

He couldn’t remember his last Lethbridge show.
“ We’ve played a lot of places in the past while. But it will be a well rounded show. We’ll play the hits and the hits from the last album, and B sides for fans who have been with us a long time and we’re planning  one new song in a future show,” he said.

Holmes’ whole life is music, whether it is with Platinum Blonde, working on film and television soundtracks  or his DJing.

 Though that doesn’t mean that Platinum Blonde will incorporate a DJ on stage.
“I like to keep those things separate. It’s not connected to Platinum Blonde,” he said.

“ It’s all music all the time, 24-7 and watching Seinfeld reruns. That’s the life I want,” he said.
He is looking forward to touring again.

“I’m just looking forward to taking a break and getting back on the road and playing for people,” he said.
Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $40 in advance at Soundgarden and Lethbridge Gas King locations.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:20 )  
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