the teddy bears of rock
From left to right: Jeff Montano, Mat Brooke and Thomas Wright.
Sera Cahoone sitting on the stairs, backstage:
The Stranger, one of Seattle’s alternative weeklies, wrote about Grand Archives this summer: You’ve heard Grand Archives- they’re the adult-contemporary version of Seattle rock ‘n’ roll and will be on heavy rotation at The Mountain 103.7 FM when today’s nightclub kids are living in the suburbs with 2.5 children and a dog. (That’s not an insult, by the way. It’s just a fact.) Led by Mat Brooke (Band of Horses, Carissa’s Wierd), Grand Archives combine gentle harmonies, slightly folky influences, and the occasional shimmering guitar effect. The result is a big, soft, sweet sound- the teddy bears of rock. Pitchfork says their latest record “fits the bill for the pace of a hungover Sunday.” The teddy bears of rock? There are worse put-downs.
Mat Brooke during George Kaminski:
Thomas Wright, one of the teddy bears of rock: