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2008 | Genre: Indie | Alternative | Songwriter
Grand Archives are an American indie rock band, formed in Seattle. The band, originally called Archives, is composed of several noted musicians from that city, led by Mat Brooke, former guitarist and vocalist for Carissa’s Wierd and former guitarist for Band of Horses.
The band emerged, under their previous moniker, to little fanfare in March 2007 with two tracks posted to their MySpace page. Following an initial show with Brooke’s fellow former Carissa’s Wierd bandmate Sera Cahoone however, the band had their track “Sleepdriving” added to Pitchfork Media’s Forkcast playlist, which provided the band with substantial Internet exposure.
Following their switch to the current name, Pitchfork published a more in-depth feature on the band, discussing all four demo’d tracks from their MySpace page. Soon after, the band were hand-picked to support Modest Mouse on seven west-coast tour dates, and it was also announced that Sub Pop had signed the band for a full-length album.
To be clear, The Grand Archives is not escapist bullsh*t. But like the timeless classics of the Mamas & the Papas or the Turtles, it responds to the turbulent times of its genesis with hope, high spirits, and a sense of camaraderie. Brooke started Grand Archives with a trio of friends in September, 2006. Drummer Curtis Hall (the Jeunes), bassist Jeff Montano (the New Mexicans), and guitarist/keyboard player Ron Lewis (Ghost Stories) shared his desire to make great pop, rather than curse the darkness; guitarist Thomas Wright signed on soon after.At their first show, Grand Archives were bottom band on a mid-week bill. They played five songs. Next time they performed, it was supporting Modest Mouse at Seattle’s historic Paramount Theater. So much for baby steps. “We definitely dove in the deep end,” concedes Brooke. But their expectations are modest. Grand Archives want little more than to tour the world, occasionally crash in a motel with soft towels, and, most importantly, find receptive listeners for their music. A reasonable goal. And it will be met. Vitamin D supplements, tanning beds, and Caribbean vacations only provide temporary solutions; the radiance of The Grand Archives glows brightly year-round.
01 Torn Blue Foam Couch
02 Miniature Birds
03 Swan Matches
04 Index Moon
05 George Kaminski
06 A Setting Sun
07 Breezy No Breezy
09 Louis Riel
10 The Crime Window
11 Orange Juice
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