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May 16, 2014

Fuel returns to TC

TRAVERSE CITY — Fuel returns to Traverse City today with the band’s first new album featuring its original lead singer Brett Scallions in over a decade.

The multi-platinum band plays at Streeters GroundZero, returning for the first time since playing there in August of 2012 along with Hoobastank and Alien Ant Farm.

Scallions said the album contains a little more homage to his roots than previous works.

“It’s a little more blues-based,” Scallions said. “There’s hints of country there, too. There’s the textbook Fuel rock and roll sound in there, too. I grew up in Tennessee, so the influence of blues and country on rock and roll were all over me. It’s only fitting for that to come out in the songs.”

Those influences are certainly present in the rock-laced “Soul To Preach To,” which is the album’s first single and has already climbed into the top 40 on mainstream rock charts.

“It’s a song about regret,” Scallions said. “Lyrically, it’s about trying to help others by showing them things. We all reflect on our life at a certain point, and think ‘Man, I wish I would have handled that better,’ or ‘I wish I would have handled that situation in a different way.’ That song is is letting people know these are the mistakes I’ve made, and don’t make them, too.”

The band’s fifth studio album — “Puppet Strings” — is the fourth with Scallions at the helm and first since he returned after a four year hiatus that ended in 2010.

“It seemed to fit,” Scallions said of the album’s moniker. “There’s a song on the album called ‘Puppet Strings,’ and it’s about manipulation. Anyone who knows this business, knows manipulation can come up quite often. But then also many people out there tend to get wrapped up in it, too. In a relationship, a girl you’re with thinks she can transform you into what she wants you to be, or vice versa. There’s a lot of manipulation that goes on in the world.”

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