Summertime. A U.S. tour. The most successful album in band history.
Life is looking pretty sunny for OneRepublic.
OneRepublic with The Script and American Authors
When » Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m.
Where » Usana Amphitheatre, 5150 S. 6055 West, West Valley City
Tickets » $26 to $65 at SmithsTix
The Colorado-based band is once again bringing its sound to Utah, this time at West Valley City’s Usana Amphitheatre on Saturday.
"We’re super excited about this summer tour, it’s shaping up to be a lot of fun," said guitarist Drew Brown. "It’s so nice to tour A) in your own country and B) when the weather is ideal. Being in the country you want to be in … and playing music, it’s great."
The band’s summer tour — supporting the album "Native" — is playing in many larger, outdoor venues. While an intimate 5,000-seat auditorium is Brown’s favorite kind of venue, a close second is playing during a warm summer night in front of screaming fans.
"For the show that is built around this record, [a small venue] doesn’t make as much sense, it doesn’t fit as well in those size rooms," he said. "We’re glad we’re doing it this way."
Coming to Utah about 15 months after the album’s release is also letting the band delve a bit deeper, playing songs such as "Love Runs Out" and "Au Revoir." The 3 ½-year hiatus gave the band the time it needed to work on the album, and Brown calls it OneRepublic’s best effort to date.
"It’s strange for us that we’ve been in a really similar gear, a really steady incline for a lot of years, but that’s changed because of this record," he said. "It’s exciting, intimidating and humbling."
"Native" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, the band’s first Top 10 album. The song "Counting Stars" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, OneRepublic’s most successful song since "Apologize" hit that spot in 2007.
Brown said the tour is allowing the band to expand its performance palette. He said everyone joined because of a love of music, and "playing that music is the best part of the whole thing."
"This tour has been really a pretty great opportunity to add new things and try new things and be really kind of selfish with the show we want," he said.
Brown is excited to bring it to Utah audiences.
"There’s something about growing up in Colorado that makes Utah feel like a cousin or backyard," he said.
During previous visits, often during the Sundance Film Festival, Brown said it’s difficult to pull band members off their skis and snowboards. In this summer visit, they plan to take advantage of the biking trails the mountains have to offer.
"It’s pretty awesome that it’s becoming a tradition of ours in Utah," he said.
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