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SafetySuit, Go Radio stoked for Columbus stage, fanfare

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Alternative rock band SafetySuit is on the road again promoting its album “These Times,” and this time, it’s playing with Go Radio as an opening act.  

SafetySuit and Go Radio are scheduled to perform 7 p.m. Saturday at The Basement.

Doug Brown, lead singer of SafetySuit, said that with this tour, the band’s looking to familiarize fans with more songs off its latest album released January.

“We released the ‘These Times’ album, which charted great on Billboard and was No. 1 on iTunes, but we hadn’t had a chance to play a full set of the album,” Brown said. “When we were the openers on our last tour, we only had 40 minutes to perform songs off that album, so with this tour we’ll be able to play twice as much material off the album since we’re the headliners.”

Brown said making a follow-up album to the band’s 2008 debut release “Life Left to Go” took a long time, due to the band switching record labels. At one point, SafetySuit completely scrapped the album and started over on what became “These Times.”

“We had three different producers produce the album,” Brown said. “It opened our eyes to challenging our own ideas, challenging ourselves individually and leaning on what influenced us to want to be music artists in the first place.”

Brown said the most enjoyable thing for him has been watching the band develop its own sound and distinguish itself from other bands. And he said members of SafetySuit appreciate the opportunity to share the band’s unique sound with audiences.

“We’re really thankful to be touring and putting out music because there are a lot of talented people in this business that don’t get heard,” Brown said.

The band is working on a new album that Brown said is about 90 percent complete, and it hopes to finish it after this tour and release it early next year.

Safetysuit’s opening act, rock band Go Radio, also had a recent release with its single “Go To Hell,” to tease its second album “Close The Distance,” which is slated for release Tuesday.

“It’s been really good seeing people quote (‘Go To Hell’) online and we’ve enjoyed the reception to it,” said Jason Lancaster, lead singer of Go Radio.

The Tallahassee, Fla.-based band released its debut album “Lucky Street” in 2011, but Lancaster said the band didn’t care about the commercial performance of the album.

“We didn’t set out for the first album to be well accepted commercially. We just wanted it to be played and heard by people,” Lancaster said.

The band had a new producer, James Wisner, work on its second album, and Lancaster said a bond was created making the album that was about more than just music.

“(Wisner) was quick to adapt to our situation,” Lancaster said. “We had a fantastic time with Wisner. He’s a good friend and I look forward to potentially working with him in the near future.”

Lancaster said he is seeing growth in the popularity of the band and hopes to learn new things on tour to make the band better.

“With every tour that we do, we always try to learn what to do and what not to do and we expect to pick up on things to improve as a band,” Lancaster said.

Marissa Luther, marketing manager for PromoWest Productions, said bringing SafetySuit and Go Radio to Columbus made sense.

“We want to provide a wide variety of music for all people to be entertained, and I think they’d be good for this market,” Luther said.

Brown said he is looking forward to returning to Columbus, as SafetySuit enjoys the fanfare that comes with playing in the city.

“People in Columbus get excited to see us, so we’re excited to play there,” Brown said. “I just want to thank them for coming out and I hope they have an amazing night and, ultimately, enjoy the music.”

Tickets for the concert are available for $15 at the door. The Basement is located at 391 Neil Ave.

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