December 04, 2009

Dec 13, 2009

Grand Atlantic are pleased to announce that they’ll be touring again in January and February on a triple-header tour with The Blackchords (Melb) and Sierra Fin (Syd). These are great bands are GA are delighted to be playing shows with them in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. For all the show details, head to their Myspace site. And in other news, Grand Atlantic has been invited to showcase at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, in March 2010. Very exciting – first show outside Australia…and all the more interesting because of the excellent response to their album in north America.

Andrew Petersen’s album continues to receive critical acclaim, including this from the influential Rock N Roll Report – “… Petersen’s solo record distinguishes itself from Shutterspeed with its organic and acoustic feel, yet he has not abandoned his instinct for writing solid melodic hooks. Sprinkled into the mix you’ll hear some well-placed harmonica, mandolin, pedal steel, and banjo, but it would be a misnomer to call this country or folk – it’s more pop rock with an alt-country flavor. The production is remarkably good – bright, crisp guitars whether strummed or picked. Petersen’s voice sounds somewhere between Bob Seger and Ed Roland (Collective Soul), just perfect for this type of roots rock. Highlights include the upbeat harmonica-enhanced “A River Near Here”, the swaying “It Gets That Way”, and “I’ll Come Running”, a veritable tribute to classic Bob Seger. There is also a great cover of “Soul Deep”, an all too often forgotten gem by Wayne Carson Thompson made famous by The Box Tops in 1969. Finally, “Hide” is a stripped down and beautifully performed acoustic ballad that quietly closes the record. If this were basketball, “The Universe, And Its Sense Of Humour” is nothing but net. A fantastic debut that hits all the right buttons. Recommended for fans of Ryan Adams, Will Hoge, and Counting Crows.” Nice, huh? You can get the album in some independent stores or online (iTunes, CD Baby) – or email us here…

And finally, Rocketsmiths are safely ensconced in the rural peacefulness of Applewoods studio with uber-producer Magoo, working on their debut album. Having heard the initial songs written for the record, we have to say that the new material is a significant step forward for the band, who continue to develop as songwriters. This record will be very exciting indeed. Look for that to be out in the first half of 2010…