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Here there be dragons. You never know what you’ll find when you set foot on unexplored territory. Brisbane’s Grand Atlantic is venturing into uncharted waters this year with a new album and tour to support it.

The power pop quartet recorded their third record, entitled 'Constellations', at the Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Dunedin, New Zealand. There they delved into darker emotional territory, experimented with new recording techniques and experienced the effects of their haunting (and possibly haunted) surroundings. The band completed a three-week US tour in March, bringing the sounds of the new album to audiences around America, and will shortly be touring Australia again.

Grand Atlantic’s constant touring and rehearsing has honed their skills to a razor-sharp edge. They are so sharp, in fact that some of the tracks on their new album were recorded live. “It was great to have the confidence to do some of the album live as well,” says frontman Phil Usher. “It really brings another dimension to the album and some of it is really fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of stuff.”

And so, without further ado, we happily present a new song from 'Constellations'.  'Poison To the Vine' represents a further refinement of the band's sound, and deals with the internal conflict we all struggle with - good vs bad, and the choices we make. Sonically, it's feast of rolling riffs and chiming 12-string licks, with a massive rhythm section thundering underneath. Enjoy... and share!

Sometimes, getting a bit lost can be the best thing that happens to you. After a frenetic 2010, Australia’s Grand Atlantic could be forgiven for disappearing for a while. Tours of the US, Japan and Australia had gained them a swag of new fans, and their second album ‘How We Survive’ gained huge exposure and US airplay… so a strategic disappearance was in order.

Over the later part of the year, around 20 songs were written and arranged by the band for their third long-player. The power-pop flavour of the first two albums gave way to a darker, more introspective set of tracks  that tip the hat to the shoegaze sound of the early 90’s, while stripping back the arrangements to a leaner, tougher, more direct sound.

In early 2011, the band bunkered down in Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Dunedin, New Zealand, with producer Dale Cotton to record their upcoming album ‘Constellations’. As singer Phil Usher describes, “We had a few strange experiences while we were there—hearing voices during takes, strange sounds, and we also saw a microphone stand move like someone knocked it.” That strangeness, and the unease of not quite knowing where you are, informs the sounds on the record.

The new album is sheer psychedelic sophistication, its beating heart urgent and undeniable. Yet the band is content to let the music build and peak, unhurriedly and with tangible conviction. Intimate and inscrutable, these songs bend and fold, stretch out and explode.  Guitar-pop mutates into a lush psycho-geographical map where the band’s headspace mimics the manic contours of the equally beautiful and punishing New Zealand countryside where the album was recorded.

In March 2010, Grand Atlantic barnstormed across the US and Canada after invitations to showcase at SXSW and Canadian Music Week, following extensive touring of the album in Australia and a growing call from the US powerpop scene. The release of ‘How We Survive’ in the US prompted radio play on over 50 radio stations, a glut of media attention and placed them on a bunch of SXSW ‘bands to watch’ short lists.

Back home, Scene Magazine characterized them best: “How We Survive is classic guitar pop that leans heavily on Brian Wilson, Ray Davies and The Beatles while asserting a sonic identity rooted heavily in 90s Brisbane rock...How We Survive is the best chance yet for this Brisbane band to take on the world.”

Even the massive exposure of their “Gossip Girl” track hasn’t changed their focus or approach to music. “We’re really proud of what we’ve done on record to date, but we also wanted to keep evolving and growing as a band.  The first two were done over a long period of between one and two years. This new album was recorded in 12 days and that created an intense and focused process,” says Usher. “We’ve really let down our hair, experimented and let things be a lot more raw than we ever have before.  It’s been a frightening, exhilarating and wild ride!”

March 2011 saw Grand Atlantic return to the US for a repeat tour of both the East and West coasts, as well as SXSW again. Live, they're passionate and intense, a high-energy rock tour-de-force - look out for Australian tour dates in September and October 2011. 'Constellations' is scheduled for release on the 2nd September.

This fractured mind

From injured times

Bled through the lines

Like poison to the vine

Like poison to the vine


Avert your eyes

As darkness shines

Like beacons in the night

Like beacons in the night


The frantic haste

To torch the pain

This scarlet phase

So etched into the grain

So etched into the grain


This hardened clay

So hard to taste

The bitterness remains

The bitterness remains


You never saw it coming

Go on keep on running

Joe Woolley
Alien Lane Management
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Australia Press
Emma Wiking
Remedy Music
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Isabel Pappani
Undercover Tracks
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USA Press
Janelle Rogers
Green Light Go PR
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