"For You To Find Next Time Around"
Grand Archives debut record was one of my most anticipated albums of 2008. Luckily, they followed through on the promise of their demo CD-R and crafted a lush, harmonic pop record in the grandest sense of the word. And by pop record, I mean a rock and roll record that would sit well beside The Kink's Village Green Preservation Society and CSNY's Deja Vu. Since The Grand Archive was released, I've gone back and visited Mat Brooke's past work (Carissa's Wierd, Band of Horses) and as much as I love BoH's Everything All The Time, I often find myself returning to Grand Archives. Why? Because it's an impeccable vocal pop record filtered through both smoky bars and sunny afternoons that compliments all seasons and feelings. Grand Archives inhabit a purgatory like state, neither belonging to the nostalgic retro band club nor the indie popsters group, instead the band exists in a timeless ethereal world, where music is music and just that. No scenes, no fads, just the tunes. A few choice examples are newly available at Daytrotter, especially the wonderful "George Kaminski," a song about an "American inmate who once held the Guinness Book of World Records title for his four leaf clover collection (all found exclusively in the prison yards)." The band will be in NYC June 13th for a show at the Bowery Ballroom. From what I hear, this is not a show to miss.
Grand Archives- Miniature Birds
Grand Archives- George Kaminski
Grand Archives on the Late Late Show