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BBMak at the Shelter, 5 Things to Know
All has been quiet on the BBMak front since 2002.
Until this year.
The Liverpool pop trio is back with a new single, "Bullet Train," an upcoming third album -- more details coming later this month -- and a Back Here Tour, named after its first hit and celebrating its 30th anniversary. It may have been a minute since Christian Burns, Mark Barry and Stephen McNally worked together, but the troupe is, as the song say, "Still On Your Side" and ready to get "Into Your Head"...
• Burns, 45, says by phone that he, Barry and McNally "remained friends the whole time" they were apart, while the BBMak reunion came together during late 2017. "We got together and were having a jam with guitars, singing a few of the old songs. I posted it on Facebook or something -- 'Oh, look who popped in to see me today' -- and (the reaction was just crazy. We were like, 'Wow, that was a lot of fun,' and we really enjoyed singing together again. It just felt natural, the right time."
• "Bullet Train," according to Burns, "was one of the first songs we wrote for the album, with our good friend Steve Chrisanthou in the UK. It felt like a really good kind of morph from the past in with the present and the future BBMak sound. It was just a really good choice for the first single -- very catchy, lots of singing. We painted a lot of picture sin it, and it's just a hopeful song. Those are all the elements you have to have in a BBMak song."
• Burns says the trio's new album will expand its sound as well. "Our voices have slightly changed -- and not necessarily for the worse. Just changed and matured. I think the main thing is we've experimented with some different sounds and some electronic elements on the album. And lyrically we've grown a little bit; We've all experienced a lot in our lives over the last 16 years. But on the whole it's the three of us together singing that BBMak sound. That's the glue of what we do."
• While each of the trio have other endeavors they're involved in, Burns is confident BBMak is again a going concern. "Yeah, we're back this time. We've had such an amazing time together doing the album and doing shows again. We do actually get on as friends; We can spend a lot of time together and not kill each other. We actually love going out on the road and everything, so it's great to be back and we're definitely loving it."
• That said, Burns is still actively working with All Hail the Silence, his electronic collaboration with bt that's currently recording new material and will be touring this summer with Howard Jones and Men Without Hats. "We're excited to get on the road again. We'll have another single out and we've got a lot of material for our next project, a lot of stuff, still, to share. Stay tuned for that one."
BBMak performs Tuesday, May 14, at the Shelter, 431 E. Congress St. Doors at 7 p.m. $28. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.