Every Move tinged with uncertainty 

When Every Move A Picture’s guitarist Allen Davis took a short break from the band in October, the group was unsure of how to move forward.

Even with Davis’ return to San Francisco last week after resolving family matters in Portland, Ore., the future of the band’s recordings remains cloudy. V2 Records, which released the group’s first album, closed its doors last year. Sheridan Square Entertainment, a full-service entertainment company in New York, acquired the label and fired the staff.

But that hasn’t dampened lead singer Brent Messenger’s spirits. He isn’t concerned with signing to a label or selling CDs as long as the music reaches audiences. He’s interested in uploading songs to MySpace in the next few months and envisions the songs being released individually on iTunes before the album is out.

"It’s different and creative," he said. "I like the thought of that, slowly rolling it out. It gets fans excited and anticipating and piecing it together."

Over the last few months, the two have written and recorded new material via e-mail, sending snippets of songs or lyrics, experimenting with using organic drum sounds, piano and more guitars.

While many of the political themes from the first album, "Heart = Weapon" will be included on the next record, Messenger is taking a more optimistic, hopeful attitude about the future. As the band’s dance-punk sound and shows evolve, he’d like to experiment with slowing down the pace of the songs.

"When I started being a singer, and I’m standing there without a guitar, I felt like I had to sing the entire time," he said. "You can’t stop singing because you don’t do anything. I felt that way — a bit of self consciousness. Now I’m just letting songs breathe on their own without vocals."

The band hasn’t yet decided what to play at Saturday’s Cafe Du Nord show. It’ll be the first time in five months the original lineup will play together. Messenger hinted at possibly playing a cover of British rock band The Adorable’s "I’ll Be Your Saint," a mid-tempo track with a bit of intensity.

"It’ll definitely be a party," he said. "It’s been a party for a while and Allen is a cause for celebration and we’re excited about the new stuff. We’re definitely turning a page with this show and headed toward new music."

Every Move A Picture

Where: Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., San Francisco

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: $12

Contact: (415) 861-5016 or www.cafedunord.com

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