Grand Archives photographed by David Belisle

Grand Archives

Hometown: Seattle, WA (USA)


Seattle, WA is famous for many things. Sunlight is not one of them. Yet illumination and warmth suffuse the self–titled debut from Emerald City quintet Grand Archives. Dark times do not necessarily call for dark music. And, while singer/guitarist Mat Brooke‚??s previous ensembles — Band of Horses, Carissa‚??s Wierd — often shied away from light, he has changed direction with this band. To be clear, The Grand Archives is not escapist bullshit. 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,‚?Ě 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

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