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Friday, July 13, 2007

Archive Retrieval

posted by on July 13 at 17:50 PM

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Sudden critical favorites Grand Archives have entered the studio to record their debut album. Sub Pop signed the Seattle quintet last fall after a single live performance—a rather assured move, one likely due to the band members’ considerable lineage. For those who’ve been living outside the of country or in hibernation since fall, the band is comprised of guitarist Mat Brooke, who once co-helmed Carissa’s Wierd and later helped pen Band of Horses’ epic debut; bassist Jeff Montano, formerly of the New Mexicans and Crutches (both of which also featured current Band of Horses members Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett); multi-instrumentalist Ron Lewis (Ghost Stories); guitarist Thomas Wright (the Can’t See); and drummer Curtis Hall (ex-Jeunes); the latter of whom is currently laying down his tracks at Death Cab for Cutie time-keeper Jason McGerr’s Seattle-based studio. Guitars, etcetera will commit throughout mid-July at SODO’s Mysterious Red X studio. Lastly, the members—all five of whom sing—will venture into the wilds of the Cascade foothills to record vocal tracks at Paradise Sound. Archives elected local producer Ben Kersten to produce the record, which has a tentative release date in February. “[Kersten] did our demo, and we really liked working with him,” says Montano. “So instead of paying a lot of money for a big name, we decided to go with someone whose work we knew we already liked and trusted.”

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