Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Until It’s Gone"

November 21, 2010

I received an enthusiastic email the other day that let me know about the new-found popularity of Grand Atlantic courtesy of a three-year-old song and a television program:

Hot on the Heels of Their Critically-Praised Ripple Music Debut, Grand Atlantic Light Up the Soundtrack of Gossip Girl

Following hot on the heels of the success of their Ripple Music debut split 7″ single, Grand Atlantic keep the pedal to the metal, building momentum and converting the uninitiated to the Grand Atlantic ranks.

Taken from Grand Atlantic’s massively praised second album “How We Survive,” the hot single “Used to Be the Sensitive Type” was remixed and remastered for inclusion on the Ripple Music split single which also featured the KEXP Top 20 hit by Sky Parade, “I Should Be Coming Up (But I Keep Coming Down).” Since then, things have only gotten busier for the Australian band.

Locked in the studio working on songs for their 2011 third album hasn’t kept Grand Atlantic from touring Japan and readying another US tour in 2011. With dates already set from coast to coast, including a four-day stay at SXSW, fans will have plenty of opportunity to catch Grand Atlantic’s heady, trance-inducing psychedelic pop single. And the US audience is definitely catching the Grand Atlantic wave. The first episode of season 4 of the hit TV show, Gossip Girl featured Grand Atlantic’s “Until it’s Gone,” bringing in tons of new fans. The video for “Until It’s Gone,” featuring footage from the recent Japanese Tour garnered thousands of hits after the band’s Gossip Girl debut.

Check out the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KcZE5bv3nw and hear the song that captured the hearts of Gossip Girl fans everywhere.

Pressed in extremely limited quantities, the Ripple Music’s 7″ split single (pressed on glowing orange vinyl) is still available through www.ripple-music.com and can be found everywhere on Grand Atlantic’s tour.

For Fans of: Oasis, Dolly Rocker Movement, Stone Roses, Big Star, Baby Woodrose, Dandy Warhols

“Gives Oasis a run for their money.” (Courier Mail, AUS)

“Grand Atlantic molds the psychedelic post-punk ethereal moods of their countrymen, The Church, with the shoegazing swirling madbeat of The Stone Roses, and toss in a touch of garage crunch à la Ripple favorites The Thieves just for kicks. The results of this combination of psychedelic distillery are intoxicating…”(The Ripple Effect, USA)

“…This is the excellent album Oasis should have done after What’s the Story Morning Glory but didn’t…”(Lucid Culture, USA)

“Grand Atlantic sure know how to write songs choc full of guitar driven rock/pop dynamics…” (thedwarf.com.au, AUS)

“Grand Atlantic has a sound masterfully blending driving modern rock riffs with smart pop hooks and spot on harmonies…”(Bill’s Music Forum, USA)

“Grand Atlantic’s second full-length album is chock-full of pop rock, with big sounds, singalong hooks and catchy melodies… How We Survive is a masterfully crafted record.” (Time Off Magazine, AUS)

www.ripple-music.com

Here’s the song that ended up on Gossip Girl:

Grand Atlantic – “Until It’s Gone” (2007)

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And here’s that remixed version of “Used To Be The Sensitive Type” (2010):

If you’re wondering what that sounded like before an audio person pestered it, here ’tis:

Grand Atlantic – “Used To Be The Sensitive Type” (2010)

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Incidentally, I’d already posted about “Used To Be The Sensitive Type” – it was Song of the day just over a week ago. Spooky.

Grand Atlantic official website
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Buy How We Survive at Bandcamp ($7 – a thumping great bargain)
Download “Used To Be The Sensitive Type (Remix)” at Bandcamp


Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Freeway"

October 15, 2010

Here’s track 5 on Grand Atlantic‘s mighty decent album How We Survive (2009):

Grand Atlantic – “Freeway” (2009)

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Looking back on previous posts, I was startled to find out that I’ve already played you tracks 1, 2, 4, and 6. I think I’d better stop playing you songs from the album, otherwise the lads in the band might get the urge to hunt me down and say, “Stop doing that, Peter!” To which I might respond, “Sorry, guys. It’s just that I like the album a lot and want to let people know that it’s chock full o’ splendid songs.” To which they might respond, “We get the idea. You like the album. So just tell people to go and buy it already.” To which I might respond, “I don’t want to go around telling people what albums to buy. What about freedom of choice? Plus, they may hate it.” To which they might respond, “What do you mean ‘they may hate it’? It’s a great album! We should know – we recorded it.” To which I might respond “Fair enough, but do you realise that this entire conversation is imaginary?” To which they might respond, “Yeah, we had an idea that it might be.”

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Coolite"

April 18, 2010

Here’s Grand Atlantic with “Coolite” (2006):

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I have no idea why the chaps in the band called the song “Coolite”. Maybe the lyrics explain it. Who knows? (Note to self: read the lyrics, Peter.)

Anyway, “Coolite” appears on the band’s debut album, This Is Grand Atlantic (2006).

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "She’s A Dreamer"

March 4, 2010

Here’s Grand Atlantic with “She’s A Dreamer” (2009):

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This is completely useless information for you, but I have to say that the more I listen to the album the more I like it. And the album actually sounds like an album, too – it doesn’t sound like just a couple of decent songs with nine filler tracks trying to sound like the decent ones. The whole thing’s a little bit trippy, with some singalong choruses and a few Beach Boys-style “ba-ba-ba’s” thrown in here and there for good measure. It all adds up to an enjoyable brew if you’re in the mood for it. (If you’re like me, some times you’ll want to hear a trippy rock band, and other times you’ll want to hear nothing but Bulgarian women’s choral music. But doesn’t everyone?)

So, if you’re looking for an album review, here it is:

“Peter thinks it’s good.”

Boy, that’s useless information.

Grand Atlantic on MySpace


Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Coast Is Clear"

December 30, 2009

Here’s Grand Atlantic living up to their name with the suitably magnificent “Coast Is Clear” (2009):

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“Coast is Clear” is the opening track of their second album, How We Survive (2009) – and a huge opening track it is, too. I won’t call it “epic” – I think that description is reserved exclusively for U2 and Coldplay songs – I’ll call it “enormous” instead. Yep, that’ll do. It’s an enormous song.

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Song of the day: Grand Atlantic – "Used To Be The Sensitive Type"

November 13, 2009

Here’s Grand Atlantic with “Used To Be The Sensitive Type” (2009), a song that wouldn’t be out of place on a compilation of late-60’s psychedelic rock:

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“Used To Be The Sensitive Type” appears on Grand Atlantic’s sophomore* album, How We Survive (2009). It’s an unusual modern rock album – unusual in the sense that it has variety (not every song sounds the same) and it doesn’t outstay its welcome (it has 11 tracks, which is remarkably restrained compared to a lot of other rock albums that try to fill themselves up with way too many tracks of dubious merit – Sloan, I’m looking at you…). And it’s also nice to hear a modern rock band writing and playing rock songs with, you know, tunes. Oh, and the album also features an electric sitar. Bonus!

(*Being Australian, for years and years I had no idea what the word “sophomore” meant. As a young whippersnapper**, I kept seeing it in American music magazines, but it was only a few years ago when I found out that “sophomore” means “second.” I’m all for increasing one’s vocabulary and expanding the English language and all that, but what’s wrong with saying “second”?)

(**Is there such as thing as an old whippersnapper?)

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Musical coincidences # 23

September 17, 2009

Here’s the start of Grand Atlantic‘s “Wonderful Tragedy,” the second single from their debut album, This Is Grand Atlantic (2007):

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And here’s the start of the vocal line in The Carpenters‘ 1971 monster hit* “Superstar“:

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“Superstar” had a rather long journey on its way to the singing siblings. Wikipedia has all the details, but here’s a short version of events. The song was written by Bonnie Bramlet and Leon Russell, and originally titled “Groupie (Superstar)”. It first appeared as the B-side of Delaney and Bonnie‘s 1969 single, “Comin’ Home.” And this is what it sounds like:

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The song was then modified slightly, renamed “Superstar” (no Groupie, alas), and next appeared on Joe Cocker’s 1970 Mad Dogs And Englishmen live album. It was sung not by Joe but by one of his backup singers, Rita Coolidge, who was billed on the album as ‘The Delta Lady.’ Here’s Rita’s version, which marks the official debut of “Superstar”:

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But it wasn’t either of the above versions that caught the attention of Richard Carpenter – he heard the song being performed by Bette Midler on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson in August 1970. Bette eventually recorded her version in 1972 (after The Carpenters’ version had become successful). I won’t present you with Bette’s recording because there are enough versions of the song on this post already and, well, because Bette sings it.

There were some other early versions – Cher recorded it in 1970 – but the majority of the other versions (and there have been plenty) came much later. There have been all sorts of different versions – post-rock, post-punk, post-ironic etc. They all seem to be making some kind of artistic statement, rather than simply be a good song performed well. Unfortunately, as they’ve tended to be “post-” something, that spells Art with a very serious capital A. Despite all those “post-” versions, for most people it’s The Carpenters all the way. (Perform a good song with taste and sensitivity, and you can’t go wrong.)

Although I could go on and on about “Superstar” (well, it is a good song), I’ve got to finish this post sometime, so I thought I’d finish it with an Australian version. Here’s Colleen Hewett with her version of “Superstar” from 1972, where she belts it out as if she’s channelling Shirley Bassey at full force (‘overwrought’ is the word I’m thinking of):

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Finally, here are the full versions of the songs mentioned at the very beginning of this unnecessarily long post:

Grand Atlantic – “Wonderful Tragedy” (2007)

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The Carpenters – “Superstar” (1971)

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(*The song’s not actually about monsters.)