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Facing New York sheds Spears producer, tests the waters

click to enlarge Four out of five band members slept on a good mattress.
  • Four out of five band members slept on a good mattress.

When San Francisco-based quintet Facing New York makes its Colorado Springs debut Tuesday, its audience will absorb melodic, youthful angst wrapped in vintage effects. It's a new sound from the up-and-coming indie band, and it's one all their own.

The band's earliest release, Swimming not Treading (2004), was a six-song project produced by Christopher Fudurich, who also has worked with Britney Spears, Fishbone and Fuel. Last year, Facing New York decided to produce their own album; the self-titled result is impressive. Although the predominant themes sorting through relationships and growing into one's own skin are hardly new, the band recasts familiar scenarios with a sweet, promising resonance.

Facing New York is currently en route from the East Coast, on a damn-near-gig-a-night tour. That roller-coaster lifestyle is hardly new to the band; since the spring, they've lost a keyboardist, a transmission and 10 inches of Eric Frederic's large intestine. (Scar tissue from an appendectomy expanded to block the lead singer and guitarist's digestive track.) The latter forced them to cancel a show in Albuquerque, but still they roll.

"That's us," says Frederic, laughing. "Haphazard and fast."

Fast enough, in fact, to globe-trot to Japan and back for a weeklong tour and a gig with Japanese punk band Eastern Youth in early June.

Although Facing New York's music would hardly be classified as punk, Frederic says they embrace the genre "in the way we handle business."

Maybe it's because they're so very DIY.

"We're a good live band," Frederic says, "and people should come out. There are moments of psychedelic spaciousness and improvisation, but overall, we're pretty straight-edged."

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Facing New York with Seconds from Waiting and The Sights They Affect

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $7, all ages; visit ticketweb.com.

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