Gran Ronde release debut album 'Secret Rooms' plus UK tour in May 2009
Posted: 12th May 2009
Gran Ronde's stunning debut album Secret Rooms features 10 superb tracks of soaring melodies, impassioned vocals, killer guitars and a singular vision and will delight fans of Interpol, The Editors and The Cure. Secret Rooms, due for release on 1st June, is also the highly anticipated debut album release from FriendsvsRecords, set up by Pip Newby and home to the hotly tipped Dinosaur Pile Up and Soft Toy Emergency.
Secret Rooms launches with "On and On," its chiming guitars and pulsing rhythms introducing the band's upbeat, dark rock. "That's the song that I think most defines us as a band," singer/guitarist Chris Pearson says. "It's not the most mainstream but musically it's everything we are about." Over the course of the album, the band covers diverse territory from radio ready romp "Say Say Say," complete with a peanut butter-sticky chorus, to "Gold," a slow psychedelic gem that begins with an intriguing, ghostly keyboard line. "Wisdom" is all jangly guitars and lovelorn sentiment. The California based band recorded Secret Rooms in Los Angeles studios Hollywood Sound and Hangar 1018 alongside producer/mixer Mark Needham (The Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon) and James Bairian (Giant Drag, Dirty Little Secret).
Gran Ronde will be playing UK dates in support of the album release. The dates are as follows:
Wednesday 13th May Manchester Night & Day
Thursday 14 May Brighton The Great Escape
Friday 15 May Brighton The Great Escape
Saturday 16 May Lincoln Bivouac at The Millers Arms
Sunday 17 May Cardiff Barfly
Monday 18 May London Monto Water Rats
Tuesday 19 May Liverpool Barfly / Theatre
Wednesday 20 May Glasgow Captains Rest
Thursday 21 May Derby Club NME at Rockhouse
Shortly after recording the album, Gran Ronde were invited by Razorlight to support them on their North American tour. The band piled into a mini SUV and drove from L.A. to Boston in 36 nonstop hours to perform for sold out crowds including Irving Plaza in New York City. And they are now ready to do the same in the UK.