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Laymen Terms singer/guitarist Andrew Tanner admits his band's alt-rock sound would have been a perfect fit for 1992, perhaps sandwiched on a concert bill between The Smashing Pumpkins and Teenage Fanclub.

While both Alternative Nation acts definitely influenced Tanner, his identification with the latter band is somewhat ironic. In the early '90s, Teenage Fanclub was positioned for greater things that never came to fruition; similarly, national recognition for Colorado Springs' Laymen Terms has been derailed for years by numerous lineup changes.

"It's just like, right when we're about to get out of the regional realm, we get pushed back because we have to start all over," Tanner says. "It's been a lot of bad timing with us, I guess."

In talking to Tanner, you can't help but get a now-or-never sense. The band, together in some shape or form since 1999, is currently being looked at by Chicago-based Victory Records. Tanner says that if a deal doesn't materialize, the foursome could pull the plug.

"We just don't know what we want to do," Tanner says. "Depending on what happens, we might for sure end it, or go on hiatus. I might move to England for six months."

For now, though, Tanner is looking forward to the band's upcoming Black Sheep date. The band's new song, "It's On," already is in the mix.

"We've haven't played Colorado Springs in almost a year, and with our new lineup, we're really excited about," Tanner says. "These guys are ready to rock."

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Laymen Terms with A Novel Form, Love Me Destroyer and Anchors for Architects

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Saturday, April 15, 8 p.m.

Tickets: $8, all ages; for sale at the door.

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