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Seven Mary Three to play Halligan's

They remain cumbersome but spirited

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In recent months, Halligan's Restaurant & Bar (located at 3025 Ashley Town Center in West Ashley) added some notable rock shows to their otherwise locally-based summer music schedule. The latest big gig on the horizon is Seven Mary Three, set for Sat. Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.

The '90s alt-rock band is best known for the riffy hit "Cumbersome" (remember that big chorus? "Too heavy too light, too black or too white, too wrong or too right, today or tonight ... cumbersome!"). They recently re-released the album that featured that song (1994's Churn) "in its original glory with new liner notes and previously unseen photos from the era."

The core of the band first got together in late 1992 while attending the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. The band name came from a radio call featured in the '70s television show CHiPs.

"When we started out, we took ourselves very seriously," says Jason Ross, lead singer, guitarist, and main songwriter. "We were making songs about serious things and we weren't making dick-joke songs or party and get-laid songs, which all have their place. But we were trying to sing and play about things that had a little more depth. That seriousness is what led us to make decisions like, 'Let's treat this like we want to do it for a while and not go overboard."

"Our story is very cliché in terms of the rock 'n' roll with the whole 'get signed, have a big hit, and then go away' thing," Ross adds. "I've been in this band for 16 years, and it's the only band I've ever been in. When we started out, right out of the gate we had a Top Ten hit — before we even know what we were doing!"

Their latest is titled Day&NightDriving — produced by Brian Paulson (Wilco, Son Volt, Beck, Uncle Tupelo, Slint). Tickets for the show are on sale for $10 (adv.). Opening acts include Ambertone, 24-Seven, and Lullwater. Visit 7m3.com and halligansonline.com for more.

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