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X Ambassadors tour after releasing sophomore album

X Ambassadors are touring in support of their second album, “Orion,” and will play at El Rey Theater in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct. 9. (Courtesy of Lauren Kallen)

Downtime is in abundance for Casey Harris at home in Ithaca, New York.

It’s the time he gets to rest before heading out on tour.

With the journey Casey Harris and the rest of X Ambassadors experienced, the time off was needed.

The rock band released its sophomore album, “Orion,” on June 14 – which is nearly four years since its debut album, “VHS,” which spawned the hit singles “Renegades” and “Unsteady.”

The band will perform in Albuquerque on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

“We pretty much scrapped probably two albums’ worth of material,” he says. “Ever since we released ‘VHS,’ we had been touring on that album for 3½ years. We tried to write an album in the space between touring. I think we came up with some cool ideas. Once we went into the studios, the songs weren’t coming together. We wanted the songs to represent who we are presently.”

So Casey Harris, as well as Adam Levin and Sam Harris, went back to the drawing board.

With frustration settling in, X Ambassadors decided to step back a bit and let the songs come organically.

Casey Harris says the writing process changed again, with most writing coming in green rooms before shows.

“Spending the night in your own bed helps a lot,” he says of writing. “We were able to get into a studio and be comfortable. With the three of us together at the same time, we created plenty of tracks that we’re really proud of. It was helpful for us to be together at the same time.”

The band has already released three singles from “Orion” – “Boom,” “Hey Child” and “Hold You Down.”

In addition to creating music and touring, X Ambassadors recently launched the interactive app Boom, which creates audio-only music video for the visually impaired.

Casey Harris is blind.

“This was an interesting project, because we were having a conversation about how it’s different for me to watch a music video,” he says. “I’d rather go listen to the album. We started talking about making the audio for the videos different from the actual album recording. It was inspired by these old radio dramas that had 3-D radio back in the day. We mentioned it to Microsoft, and they became part of the project. It’s pretty amazing. It’s fully unique.”

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