Men in White: Plain White T’s to play hits new and old at Greenpoint venue

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Good guys wear black: Plain White T’s will perform at Warsaw in Greenpoint on Dec. 13 with the Mowgl’s and New Politics.
Photo courtesy of Colin Lane

Hey here, Delilah! 

The band behind the 2007 mega-hit “Hey There, Delilah,” will return to Brooklyn this week for the first time in nearly a decade. The frontman of the Plain White T’s, playing at Greenpoint’s Warsaw on Dec. 13, says that the show might include a sighting of the New York City resident who inspired his most famous song. 

“Something about playing ‘Hey There, Delilah’ in New York is awesome,” said Tom Higgenson.  “She used to come to all of our shows there. You never know, she may make an appearance again.” 

Plain White T’s had the number one hit in the country in July 2007 with “Hey There, Delilah,” a quadruple-platinum single about a woman Higgenson had been introduced to and was hoping to impress with a song — one that was later nominated for two Grammy Awards. 

Since then, the Chicago band has released four more albums. Its most recent, “Parallel Universe,” strays from the band’s distinctive acoustic sound to incorporate electronic undertones and synthesizers. It walks a fine line between futuristic and retro, which Higgenson described as an experiment for the five-piece. 

“‘Parallel Universe’ is more adventurous than our other music,” he said. “We decided to just have some fun finding some new sounds and getting out of our comfort zone.” 

Plain White T’s will play a mix of its classic hits and songs from the new album that have proved popular on the music-streaming service Spotify, which Higgenson said typically turns out to be the band member’s favorite songs as well.

“The songs we like the most usually end up being the songs that the fans like the most,” said Higgenson. “It makes it easy to play those songs. We love this song and we are glad you guys love it too.”

The upcoming show is part of the “Three Dimensional Tour,” featuring Plain White T’s, Los Angeles rock band the Mowgli’s, and Danish dance-rock group New Politics — with all three bands named co-headliners on the tour and rotating slots for each show, said Higgenson. 

“We are doing it as co-headliners,” he said. “No band is more important than the other bands. Each band has really good songs and its own good unique live show.”

Before landing on the title “3-Dimensional” tour, Higgenson said the triad pondered names like “three-headed monster” and “three-way tie” to find a title that highlights their co-headlining status 

“We were looking for a cool name that emphasized there are three different looks to the tour, but we are all doing it together equally,” Higgenson said. 

“The Three Dimensional Tour” at Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave. between Leonard and Eckford streets in Greenpoint, www.warsawconcerts.com). Dec. 13 at 7 pm. $30. (VIP $149).