Lovemakers try new label, ideas 

The Lovemakers just want to have fun making music again.

The Oakland-based band, which signed to Interscope Records a few years ago, got caught up in dreams of fame and money.

"Things were confusing for a little while," says Lisa Light, who sings and plays violin and bass. "We were so excited people were into our music and thought we could do it for a living. We went for that — for a minute, but that was really stupid."

After the debut of "Times of Romance," they discovered quickly the label wasn’t going to support the music, singer-guitarist Scott Blonde says. They realized if they weren’t proactive or taking ownership, nobody would help them.

So the band left the major label and signed with San Francisco-based Internet music community Fuzz. The startup has given them complete control and welcomed radical ideas such as putting out a record every six months and making videos for each track.

Their second EP, "Misery Loves Company," out Tuesday, is a large departure from "Times," a computer-synth-driven album. On "Misery," being celebrated in concert tonight at Bimbo’s, the band returns to the style of its original home recordings — unedited, raw rock.

While original member Jason Proctor left to pursue other opportunities, two new players, drummer Ken Hard and guitarist Brandon Arnovick, have allowed the band more flexibility to experiment with live performances.

Light and Blonde, who were a couple when they formed the band and now aren’t, say their working relationship hasn’t changed.

"We fight like any normal band," Blonde says. "We’re like brothers and sisters. But with me and Lisa, it was a really strong emphasis on the work. We don’t write songs about each other. We write songs together ... a lot of the times we’re more like writing about other people’s experiences."

"We fight like tooth and nail," Light says.

The Lovemakers have no shortage of ideas when it comes to their new music. To promote the upcoming CD, the band took apart the first single "Whine & Dine," posted it online on a secret page and encouraged fans to send in remixes to sell on a Fuzz page.

The remix by Houston DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. will be played tonight at Bimbos’ and on other tour stops.

"It’s like a community where everyone wins," Blonde says. "We win because our songs get out there — permeation of that song.

IF YOU GO

The Lovemakers

Where: Bimbo’s 365, 1025 Columbus Ave., San Francisco

When: 8 p.m. today

Tickets: $18

Contact: (415) 474- 0365 or bimbos365club.com

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