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Grand Buffet

Whatever happened to Grand Champeen? Well, singer/guitarist Channing Lewis became father to James Calder Lewis on Feb. 18, and the rockers are feverishly trying to finish their untitled fourth album, the first since 2003's The One That Brought You. "We're recording the 15th song tonight and mixing tomorrow," bassist/vocalist Alex Livingston said Tuesday. "We're basically staying here until we take [the record] to the mastering studio." They would have been done sooner, says guitarist/singer Michael Crow, but he moved his Adult Audio Megaplexxx studio into his house near Ben White and Manchaca, and "it took a while to get wired up." Crow hints that the new album may be a tad less wired than Brought You, though. "The last album, we went out of our way to make it abrasive," he says. "So on this record, we're trying to rely a little less on walls of guitars." It's also the first Champeen album without any Crow-penned tunes. "I've been busy recording other people's songs, but Alex and Chan have come up with a pretty good batch," he says. "The general response seems to be they're poppier than previous songs, and at times a lot weirder." Champeen, who plans to shop the album around and release it on current label Glurp! if no one bites, play inside Stubb's Tuesday after the sold-out Strokes show and a SXSW showcase 10pm March 16 at the Karma Lounge.
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