Sunday, March 14, 2010

Grand Atlantic Covers The Replacements "Left of the Dial"

We have to wait a few more days until we get to see Grand Atlantic live at SXSW and report the experience for ourselves, but in the meantime we've received some excellent recaps along the way. Tart from Love Shack Baby had a chance to see them last week at Martyr's in Chicago with Ireland's Autumn Owls and Gidgets Ga Ga.

So to recap straight from Love Shack Baby's mouth, or blog if you will,  "Grand Atlantic performed most of their new album, How We Survive, plus a few great ones from their previous record, This Is Grand Atlantic. And as I was promised in the car, they did an excellent cover of the Replacements’ “Left Of The Dial.” The live performance of songs like “She’s a Dreamer” and “Tripwire” were exactly as I imagined: heavy bass, driving rhythm (and oh lordy does Von Diehm hit that kick drum hard!) and Phil’s positively electrifying vocals...Talking to Morgan afterward about his guitar and effects pedals, I was struck by how guitar-driven this group is. Morgan’s way of weaving in and out of whatever it is that Phil is playing or singing helps create the signature GA sound, with Sean, all the while providing a steady but interesting bass line. You all know my weakness for bass players; Sean’s work that night did not disappoint. Folks, the bottom line is that Grand Atlantic is a solid rock and roll band. There’s no gimmicks, no pretense of rock stardom to distract from the basic draw of their music. The new song they premiered, “Carved From Stone” was a bit rawer, had more depth to it than what I found on How We Survive. I anticipate the new record will reflect their move in this direction as they mature as a band and gel more as four people, working together on one great project after the next."

If you're at SXSW this week, be sure to catch Grand Atlantic:
Thu Mar 18, 2010: Sonny's Vintage - 2928 Guadalupe St Austin, TX
Thu Mar 18, 2010: Official SXSW Showcase, Red 7 - 611 E 7th St Austin, TX
Fri Mar 19, 2010: Super Lisa Day Party (SXSW)
Dart Music International House @ Mi Casa - 503 E. 6th St. Austin, TX
Sat Mar 20, 2010: Maggie Mae's - 323 East 6th Street Austin, TX

More info on all their US dates can be found here.


  1. Thanks ever so much for the linkage and quotes! It was a pleasure seeing them here in my city! xoxo

  2. Thanks for writing such a great review!