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    Logan Greene Electric finally comes home

    Courtesy of Hotel Congress
    Courtesy of Hotel Congress

    If you go to enough local concerts, chances are high that you’ve heard of Logan Greene.
    Greene, 24, has been a fixture of the Tucson music scene for years now, having played in a plethora of bands whose genres all vary immensely. Greene’s newest main project, the aptly named Logan Greene Electric, has had plenty of gigs around town over the last six months.

    Its show supporting The Drowning Men this Saturday at Solar Culture Gallery and Performance Space marks something special, though: a homecoming from LGE’s first-ever West Coast tour.
    The genesis of Logan Greene Electric came from Greene’s desire to simply focus on creating one outlet for the kind of power pop he says he’s been writing over the course of the last year.
    “I’ve always just had so many bands going on at one time that it got to a point where I really wanted to just pick one thing and go with it,” Greene said. “I’ve got this bad habit of really flitting between genres and people that I want to play with, and then sort of cutting ties with a project and wanting to start again. I wanted something I would stick with for a while.”

    In March of this year Greene recruited fellow, veteran, local musicians Ray Borboa on drums and Robert Sidwell on bass to complete the lineup and set to work on writing his new material.
    “At first we were sort of working with some leftover songs I had from other projects,” said Green, “but pretty soon we started writing a whole new batch of songs, and that’s what we put on the EP.”
    Nearly every show the band has put on featured new material, which is an impressive track record for a group that averages two shows a month in Tucson. The emphasis on songwriting is just another one of Greene’s new approaches to creating and packaging his music these days.

    “A goal with this band is definitely to have too many songs, just in the hopes that when it comes time to record we can really pick out the decent ones from the mediocre,” he said. “I want to make a record that has a majority of good songs, rather than including filler just because I wasn’t taking enough time to write more.”

    Greene has become something of a touring professional. His press packet boasts that he played upward of 115 shows outside of Tucson last year.

    “I went on my first tour when I was still in high school,” said Greene. “But every tour is still pretty different.”
    Beginning with its tour kickoff last month, LGE represented the Tucson scene all around the Southwest, playing 14 do-it-yourself shows in 16 days throughout California, Arizona and Las Vegas. Its ability to travel so far and wide from Tucson is in no small part due to Greene’s role as ambassador for Tucson’s scene, having been responsible for booking shows at several venues in town while still managing to ensure every band has gas money and a place to stay the night. As almost any band will tell you, Tucson has something of a reputation for warm reception — something Greene hinted doesn’t always exist outside of the state.

    “Everywhere we went there were people watching us, and the people at the venues were all very nice, but it was the show we played in Flagstaff that really blew me away,” Greene said. “Everyone stayed inside to hear us, and we made the most merchandise sales that night too. It really made me appreciate Arizona and how much people seem to care about helping bands out here.”

    That’s the kind of sentiment one hopes for at any good show, and Logan Greene Electric has been killing it long enough that the show this weekend is sure to be a blast.

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