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- Posted on Apr 30th 2010 4:00PM by Justin Jacobs
After disassembling the Honorary Title in late 2009, former frontman Jarrod Gorbel began touring under his name while readying his solo debut, Devil's Made a New Friend, due this fall -- but he's not too worried about regaining momentum.
"This is going back to the beginning," Gorbel tells Spinner. "But this time I know what I want and where I want to go. Of course I'm taking a few steps back, but not to where I was at the beginning of the Honorary Title."
Gorbel's former band, which collected accolades from Rolling Stone and Spin, began as a solo venture, after all. The Honorary Title, which officially became a quartet in 2007, was originally just a vehicle for Gorbel's songs.
So why not truck on alone while maintaining the established name? Freedom, says Gorbel. And a bit of a challenge.
"In a lot of ways, doors have opened now. A lot of people wrote off the band because they thought it was something it wasn't," he says. "A lot of people thought we were a punk band or something."
Gorbel's new, mostly-acoustic offerings won't garner any punk comparisons -- his lush folk tunes are singer-songwriter fare through and through. 'Devil's Made a New Friend' is currently being wrapped up with Rilo Kiley's Blake Sennet in the producer's chair.
"The hardcore fans do know me, but when you play a town with Jarrod Gorbel on the flyer, most people won't know that name. I have to re-establish myself," he says. "That's just a risk I have to take."