Block Party Block Party Band of the Day!
posted by July 24 at 13:33 PMon
Grand Archives vs BOAT
Grand Archives are the harmony-laden, soft-rocking combo of Mat Brooke (Carissa’s Wierd, Band of Horses), Curtis Hall (the Jeunes, DJ Curtis), Jeff Montano (the New Mexicans), and Ron Lewis (Ghost Stories), with recent addition Thomas Wright (the Can’t See) rounding out the group. Though they exhibit some of the melancholy of Carissa’s Wierd, the band’s songs are ultimately hopeful and buoyant, and, local star power and sudden hype aside, these guys can write and sing some gorgeous songs. Grand Archives play the Neumo’s Stage on Saturday, July 28th at 7:45pm.
BOAT are no strangers to the critical buzz either. The Seattle via Chicago power popsters have fans in high places, as evidenced by frequent coverage from Pitchfork—from their praise of singles “Elephant Ears” and “Come with Me, We’ll Win” to the recent perfectly respectable 7.8 review of their latest album, Let’s Drag Our Feet. Locally, they have a critical fan in Megan Seling as well, who calls them “really good at being Boat.” (Okay, that’s not the best quote, but I can’t seem to find anything but her most recent review of them). Also, their website URL comes from a Braid lyric (from “Please Drive Faster”), which wins them points with me. BOAT play the Vera Stage on Saturday, July 28th at 7:45pm.