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(Extended Play)
  • By Grand
  • Release 19/07/2007
  • Music Genre International
  • Media Format CD
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About THE GRAND -I have always dreamt about being in a band, says Amund Maarud, singer and guitarist in the Norwegian power-quartet The Grand, without the slightest touch of irony. Well, most rock musicians do just that, right? So what´s up with Amund? Thing is, Amund has actually always been in a band. More accurately; Amund has always fronted his own band. He has put out three albums, the first one when he and drummer brother Henrik were in their mid teens and still played with their father. He has travelled his native Norway for the last five-six years as a professional musician, and is actually a decorated veteran of the remarkably large Norwegian blues scene. He has headlined festivals and he has played with and alongside guitar legends, international as well as local. And yet, Amund Maarud is not even 25. The great thing about The Grand is the fact that the quartet works as a four cylinder engine, says studio-engineer Sven Olsen (Ricochets, Sivert Høyem, Dum Dum Boys), who recorded The Grand's debut EP, to be released on The Grand Recordings/Sonet the 21st. Of May of this year. -Every member of the band is crucially important. This is not at all about Amund showing off his impeccable guitar skills, he says. -This is one of the coolest things I´ve ever worked with. Olsen is not the only one who had a great time recording The Grand in legendary Athletic Sound Studio of Halden, Norway. -We enjoyed ourselves immensly as well, and we´ll be back to record our first full length album later in the spring, Henrik declares. At the time we´re working out the new material in our rehearsal space. Hopefully it´ll be out by early fall. Alongside the Maarud brothers, The Grand consists of keyboard-player Eirik Knutsen and bassist Per Tobro. The Grand's musical direction came about in a very unusual way: -We struck up this routine of jamming at the end of our shows. After a while that was the coolest part of the evening, the one everyone in the band looked forward to, even though sometimes the audience didn´t get it. Some even got seriously mad and flipped the bird to us as a parting gesture, so that´s really what sparked the whole thing, Amund confesses. -After a while some of these jams turned into full songs, and we just kinda took it from there... Upon hearing the four songs that make up The Grand´s debut EP, Freeloader, Lust to win, Traveling Bound and Girl, you´re a waste of time, it seems one is instantly transported through a strange time-warp. Has Rick Rubin travelled back in time to produce Leslie West´s Mountain? Did Cream actually secretly make a ”Disraeli Gears Part II”? Has Groundhogs teleported from the dirty backstreets of London´s early seventies to the east side of Oslo, Norway anno 2007? And still it all sounds new and refreshing... We are living in strange days indeed, The Grand is busy putting together the most remarkable soundtrack! Management: Vox Management (eivind@voxmanagement. No) Booking: Artistpartner Knut Sannes Tlf: 67167792 Cell: 97721363 E-mail: knut (at)artistpartner. No Promo: This Is Promotion (all@thisis. No)

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Artist: Grand
Title: EP
Genre: International
Attributes: Extended Play
Release Date: 19/07/2007
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 7044176560015

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