What: The New Pornographers, with Waxahatchee

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Midtown Ballroom, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend

Cost: $28.50 plus fees in advance, $33 at the door

Contact: randompresents.com or 541-408-4329

The very nature of a supergroup such as The New Pornographers, with each member also immersed in other projects, often means not everyone can show up for everything.

Over the last 17 years, bandleader and chief songwriter Carl Newman (aka A.C. Newman, as he’s known in his solo career) has dealt with band members’ comings and goings in different ways. In 2005, when singer-songwriter Neko Case couldn’t tour, Newman hired niece Kathryn Calder to fill in; she became a full-fledged member in 2006. More recently the band has been touring with violinist/vocalist Simi Stone, who was also hired to fill in for Case. And when longtime drummer Kurt Dahle left the band in 2014, he was replaced with Joe Seiders.

The Vancouver, Canada, power-pop band recently launched an extensive U.S. tour behind its seventh studio album, “Whiteout Conditions,” released earlier this month, and will play in Bend for the first time Friday, at the Midtown Ballroom. This leg of the tour continues through May; in July the band will open for Austin, Texas, indie rockers Spoon.

But while Case, Calder and Stone will all be in the lineup for the Bend date, a key member won’t be: Dan Bejar, main songwriter for indie-rock collective Destroyer and a key member of The New Pornographers since its formation in the late ’90s. Bejar has contributed a handful of songs to every previous New Pornographers album. But this time he was busy working on a new Destroyer album and decided to sit out “Whiteout Conditions,” leaving Newman to write the album on his own.

“In a lot of ways, it didn’t change anything for me in that — because Dan was never in the studio working on my songs, so him not being there didn’t affect what I did on my songs,” Newman said recently from his home in upstate New York. “It just affected just the fact that there weren’t these three other songs that weren’t written by me in there. It’s a weird thing. Obviously he’s missed because he’s a friend and I’ve always been one of his biggest fans. But it didn’t really affect what I do as opposed to just noticing his absence. And I tried to — knowing that he wasn’t gonna be on the record, I thought, OK, what can we do; how can we use this in a positive way? And I thought, well, let’s just try and make a focused record.”

To that end, “Whiteout Conditions” finds the band further exploring the electronic sounds that cropped up on its last album, 2014’s “Brill Bruisers.” Fast tempos, grinding synth-and-guitar soundscapes and mechanical drumming dominate the new material, which Newman has taken to calling “bubblegum krautrock” in interviews.

“I’d be making demos and just be sitting with a drum machine just making grooves up underneath the song, or making beats up,” Newman said. “The stuff I liked, I realized what I wanted — the beats I wanted in the songs just reminded me of like that krautrock beat. And that gave me the idea, oh, maybe this is what — I guess this is what I want to hear, so maybe we should just go in this direction. I just like the drive of it; I like the propulsive drive of it, like an almost robotic drive.”

He called the album “more rock than pop” due to the driving nature of the music. But the band’s signature earworm hooks and multipart harmonies are also on display throughout songs such as the title track and “High Ticket Attractions,” the album’s first single, released in January.

The latter track features a soaring lead vocal spot from Case. But unlike previous Pornographers albums, on which members would rotate lead vocal duties, “Whiteout Conditions” makes heavy use of group vocals on songs such as “This is the World of Theater” and album closer “Avalanche Alley.”

“I love unison singing — you listen to ABBA records, (and) that’s the interesting thing about ABBA is like the two women singing in unison. I’ve always thought that was a very cool effect,” Newman said. “… I think it’s something we’ve always wanted to do, but sometimes we just don’t always get there. Sometimes the album just takes you in a different direction, and on this record, I felt like there were — like the vocal attack, the use of the arpeggiators and all the rhythms and the grooves — it was stuff we’d been moving towards for a while, and I feel like we just finally arrived there and got it.”

Newman’s juxtaposition of upbeat music with dark subject matter, another New Pornographers hallmark, is taken to a new level on “Whiteout Conditions.” The title track was written in a bout of depression after the death of Newman’s sister. “High Ticket Attractions,” meanwhile, might be the Pornographers’ first overtly political song, written in response to the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 election cycle.

“I mean, not all him, but what he represented, or what he represents in the world, is that all of a sudden, intolerance and racism (were) becoming very mainstream; all of a sudden ignorance was mainstream, being anti-science was becoming more and more mainstream,” Newman said. “And that was and is scary, and it was hard to avoid having anxiety about that. So I wasn’t trying to write anything political, but it couldn’t help but come out occasionally, and on ‘High Ticket Attractions’ it definitely came out.

“Although I didn’t really think of it as a super political song until people started asking me about it, and then I started looking at the lyrics and realizing, yeah, yeah, it was, definitely,” he continued. “In the past sometimes, I think we’ve written maybe flippantly about some like fearing for a future — like writing about some phantom revolution or writing about some scary future coming. And you could write about it like it was fiction. And then I realized that stuff isn’t fiction anymore.”

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