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Two weeks. That’s how long The Features had to work up roughly a dozen new tunes before they traveled some 2500 miles from their native Tennessee to Vancouver, Washington to make their new album “The Features” (Serpents and Snakes/BMG). There, the Nashville-based band spent a month crafting the most inventive and assured album of their career.

But when the four members first set up shop in the cabin-esque confines of Ripcord Studio, what they’d come out of there with was anybody’s guess.”A lot of it seemed pretty spontaneous,” says the band’s frontman, Matthew Pelham. “Because we didn’t solidify anything, really, in those two weeks of practicing. So when we got there, there were a lot of loose ends to tie up.”

It wasn’t just a bold move, but a dramatic change of pace for a band that’s been praised as one of best live rock combos around. Over the years, they’ve served up slice after slice of hook-fueled brilliance – with subtle nods to new wave, ’60s garage, southern rock, Krautrock and beyond – and perfected them over the course of countless shows and constant retooling in their practice space.

Capturing their thrilling, stage-tested sound was a no-brainer on previous albums. But for “The Features,” Pelham and his bandmates – keyboardist Mark Bond, bassist Roger Dabbs and drummer Rollum Haas – were game to shake things up. Just two months away from the release of their hailed 2011 album “Wilderness,” they decided that they weren’t going to wait another two or three years to start work on the follow-up. They’d make it in the two months they had to spare.

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