The Smithereens announce Massachusetts shows

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The Smithereens have announced plans to hit Massachusetts for a pair of performances in support of their new album Smithereens 2011. The New Jersey rockers will play The Center for Arts in Natick on Saturday, July 30 and Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury on Sunday, July 31. Tickets for the shows are available through each of the venues’ websites at $35 and $27.50, respectively.

Released in April, Smithereens 2011 marks the band’s first offering of all new material since 1999’s God Save the Smithereens. The new album was produced by drummer Dennis Diken, who co-produced REM’s early records. “We cut our teeth on albums that were carefully crafted to take you someplace,” said Dixon in a press release. “That’s all we ever want to do. Take you someplace better.”

In a recent interview with SoundSpike, lead singer/guitarist Pat DiNizio reflected on the band’s new album and their twelve year hiatus from the studio. “Certainly, it’s always a struggle to sit down and write a collection of new material,” he said. “For me it’s like starting over or learning how to do it again.”

The Smithereens are comprised of DiNizio, Diken, guitarist Jim Babjak and bassist Severo “The Thrilla” Jornacion.

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