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(UNOFFICIAL) SXSW PREVIEW:
ACE ENDERS

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Nobody would ever mistake Hammonton, N.J., with New York, Los Angeles or any other music capital.

But Hammonton – roughly 30 miles west from the casino town Atlantic City – is where Early November frontman Ace Enders calls home.

“We have the best pizza and blueberries in the world,” Enders claims. “It’s a nice quiet town, and my studio is right around the corner from my house, which is great.

“There aren’t too many disadvantages [living in Hammonton],” he adds, “but you do have to drive at least 45 minutes to get to a decent mall or movie theater.”

Enders’ small studio is called Pink Space Recording, and he recently worked there with the bands Just Surrender, Echo Screen and Eyes on the Prize.
But for his latest solo album, When I Hit the Ground (due in stores March 17 on Drive-Thru/Vagrant), the singer/guitarist recorded at Portrait Recording Studios in Pompton Plains, N.J., with producer Chris Badami.

“He did all the Early November records as well, so it was really comfortable,” Enders says of Badami. “It was pretty much the same process as it was with the band.”

Speaking of that punk-pop band: It was early 2007 when The Early November announced it was on an “indefinite hiatus.” Asked whether that’s still the case or if TEN has officially broken up, Enders says, “We never really talked about it, but I don’t see us getting back together any time soon.”

Enders’ tour dates in support of When I Hit the Ground, officially credited to him and A Million Different People, include a stretch of April shows with All-American Rejects, as well as the May 2 date of this year’s Bamboozle festival in East Rutherford, N.J.

— By Chris M. Junior

Ace Enders during SXSW week (schedule subject to change):

* Noon March 20: Photofinish Records party – Red 7 (with Recover, Never Shout Never, Fighting With Wire and Closure in Moscow)