Some might look at a ten-year gap as procrastination. Others might look at that a bit differently, adding that the more time it takes, the better the result. Such is the case with The Differents, officially releasing their album “Fate’s Going On” after initially recording it back in 1999.
The band, formed in 1992, has been carried by mainstay members Lou Hallwas, guitar and vocals, and Dan Garrity on drums. In 2004 they went on a hiatus due to personal issues. “Deciding to get back together,” explains Hallwas, “and having the enthusiasm for the band again, the first thing I decided was to put this record out. It’s an entity of its own, and if we are to continue together, we ourselves must respect this beautiful portrait from ten years ago, acknowledge its beauty and honesty.”
“Fate’s Going On” was recorded in only a few days at Gravity Studios in Chicago. “I think it’s aged well,” says Hallwas. When initially recorded, they sent out the album to labels in the chance of getting it officially released. “We wanted to see what reaction we would get, and we didn’t get much,” Hallwas says. “It was disheartening! To have people we knew rave about it, but get no reaction from folks who put out music was like ‘Wow!’ It helped insecurity creep in.”
Even so, the music has a timeless feel, melding traditional rock riffs with pop sensibility. The Differents move from reference points such as The Beatles to Fleetwood Mac and The Replacements. “I’ve loved the simplicity of the three-piece. Make the songs short and to the point,” Hallwas says.
Though the songs are a decade old, the themes from the record should still appeal to a general audience. “I really am proud of the fact it’s introspective and not just for me,” mentioned Hallwas. “It’s for anyone who’s dealing with the human condition, which is everyone.”
The local scene has changed since The Differents have been away. Yet, the atmosphere seems ripe for a return. “It seems so much more inclusive and giving since the nineties. It’s more of a ‘join in’ or ‘join together’ thing now.” As with the ebb and flow of things, there is a new audience to play for. Hallwas optimistically remarks on playing to a new audience, stating, “They come from a totally different angle and mind set, and that will always be refreshing.”
Time isn’t an obstacle for The Differents. Even if the release of their album was a long time coming, better late than never. “When it comes to music, I feel you really have to have a love of that Kindergarten thing, ’works well and plays well with others.’ That’s in me. That’s what I do. Always will do.” (John Wawrzaszek)
November 25 at Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, 9pm.