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By MATT PARISH  |  April 8, 2009

"I've always loved how Evan Dando was able to deliver every line in that song so casually and matter-of-fact," she says. "I just tried to somehow echo that and get the lines about Jesus to come across like regular, everyday conversation." Like Dando, she treats the melody with an exhausted nonchalance, but she clings to her adopted Southern lilt on just enough high notes to suggest a broken-down gospel band. It's a powerhouse downer.

The trip the group are returning from — two weeks to Texas and back — is the most they've toured since finishing the album last August. They've been holding off on much more thanks to a packed release schedule at EMI Records, which has taken over operations for their Sugar Hill label.

"It's been tough in the meantime," says Borges. "It's hard to just sit there not touring when that's what we've been doing for so long. You feel like you're useless. But we've been trying to keep ourselves busy." So far, that's meant heading to Rochester, New York, to film a video for "Do It for Free" ("It was in a club after hours, and there's no place more depressing than a rock club at nine in the morning") and teaching themselves how to screenprint their own shirts.

The wait is over, though — they'll kick their travels into high gear this month with shows from Tampa to Colorado Springs. "We have our hot spots in Omaha, Wisconsin, Raleigh, and Seattle. Places that aren't very close to each other, so that means a lot of monotonous traveling and a lot of peanut butter. But it's what we do."

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES + REVERSE | Church, 69 Kilmarnock St, Boston | April 10 at 9 pm | $10 | 617.236.7600 or www.churchofboston.com

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