One of my main objectives for the new year should probably be to figure out this whole Twitter situation, which I'm relatively new to I've to admit. I know that must come across very stoneaged, but nevermind, I promise that I'll stop plastering the Facebook page (Please join if you haven't done it yet.) with reappearing Twitter posts very soon. Which brings me to one of my latest Twitter/MySpace friends, The Grand.
See, I don't admit this very often, but I was actually speechless when I listened to the first song on their MySpace profile this afternoon. I instantly felt like seventeen again. And why is that? Because that must have been about the time I started listening to Arctic Monkeys. Don't worry. I won't elaborate on whether or not their style has changed to the better or worse... That's a whole different topic, but let me turn to The Grand.
The founders of the Santiago-(and soon Liverpool)-based crew - Sébastian, Matias and Ricardo-first met at university in Chile in March 2009 before taking onboard their fourth member Fernando Lamas (lead guitar). Despite two years since their foundation, they're still unsigned and relatively unknown in the UK industry, you won't hear it though because their music - and I'm particularly referring the burning beats of 'Let's keep it physical' or 'Kiss You' - sound as if they were chosen from a compilation LP, somewhere in the middle between Oasis, Radiohead and Kings of Leon. Not to mention their rather marvellous English. However, I wouldn't classify them as 'just another Indie band'. The Grand's songs offer a certain spiciness - maybe due to their roots - that I've personally been missing since Arctic Monkeys' 'Whatever People Say That's What I Am, That's What I'm Not' (Domino Records, 2006). But like I said, no judgement on that one...
Anyways, download The Grand's EP for free and have a listen and post a comment if you like. I'm very much looking forward to seeing these guys perform live and daring Liverpool's infamous audience. According to their Last.fm profile they'll be moving here in January.