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Hit band tries to be anything but ‘Plain’

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The pop-rock artists behind catchy songs such as “Hey There Delilah” will be performing in Columbus at 7 p.m. at Newport Music Hall.

Plain White T’s are currently on tour promoting their newest album, “Wonders of the Younger,” released in December 2010.

The concept of the album was inspired by lead singer Tom Higgenson’s trip to a Cirque de Soleil show.

“It just made him feel like a kid watching it,” Tim Lopez, guitarist and songwriter for the band, said in an interview with The Lantern. “He left all nostalgic for his youth, and then he had the title of the next record.”

Concertgoers can expect a visually stimulating performance, Lopez said.

“When it came time to put the show together, we were able to use the lyrical visuals and bring that to the stage,” Lopez said.

Fans will also notice that instruments have a larger presence in both their latest album and in their concerts.

“We got to really step outside what we are used to when it comes to instrumentation,” Lopez said. “Because of the theme, I feel like, production-wise, the record is really full sounding a lot more grandiose.”

Parachute and Andy Grammer will be opening for Plain White T’s.

The group had a hand in choosing the other musicians on the tour, Lopez said. He said Plain White T’s were lucky to have bands they enjoy personally who also have songs on the charts, including Parachute’s 2009 single “She is Love,” which peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

“It’s a really stacked bill and I think musically it’s really cohesive,” Lopez said.

Lopez also wrote two songs on the band’s album, “Body Parts,” and the album’s first single, “Rhythm of Love.”

Lopez revealed the latter single, which went platinum, was written in a failed attempt to rekindle a relationship.

“It’s the gesture that counts,” he said.

Bianca Daniels, a third-year in psychology, went to Plain White T’s’ Columbus concert in 2007 and would like to see them again.

“It was one of my favorite concerts ever,” Daniels said.

Lauren Lenoir, a third-year in chemical engineering, plans to go to the concert.

“I just think their music is fun and relatable, really cool music,” Lenoir said.

Joe Flarida, a third-year in political science, said the band’s music is very relatable. However, Lopez said one does not have to be a college student to connect with their music.

“It seems like the tracks that keep blowing up are sweetheart little love songs,” Lopez said. “And you don’t have to go to OSU to relate to that. Everyone is out there looking for love.”

Tickets can be purchased for $17 in advance and $20 the day of the concert at Newport Music Hall. Tickets are $22.25 after fees at ticketmaster.com.

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