Jim Peterik opens up about new Ides of March album

The Ides of March aren't ready to just rely on their greatest hits.

The Windy City band, best known for their brassy '70s rocker "Vehicle," have released the album Play On. Frontman Jim Peterik say they've "written some of the best songs we have in years, while working with producer Fred Mollin, whose credits include AmericaLinda Ronstadt and Jimmy Webb.

Jim Peterik discussed how producer Fred Mollin got The Ides of March to record their latest album Play On in a traditional manner:

"In the 2000s, we were hooked like everyone else, with digital technology and drum samples, and it was cool. But Fred said, 'No, no. Pretend it's 1970 again and you're in at Columbia Studios in Chicago and you're all together face to face and you're recording a little thing called 'Vehicle.' That's what we want to capture: the excitement, the magic of eye to eye contact, live vocals and chemistry'."

The Ides of March will headline at Saturday night's Octoberfest in their hometown Berwyn, Illinois.

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