Toys for Chaos, Beats for the Masses
From Harper’s Ferry and the Middle East in Boston to The Living Room in Providence to The Knitting Factory in New York, Grand Army have blown over crowds with their heart-pounding, feet-stomping, almost orgasmic live performances. After three years on the road, the band released their first album, Toys for Chaos, in April and are headed into the studio for round 2 in August.
Born out of the ashes of the equally as popular Oneiris, Grand Army has developed a sound that is as mysterious and new as it is familiar and most importantly, enjoyable. Although the band is rooted in dance music, they manage to pour rock, jazz, funk and electro-pop into their already steamin’ booty shakin’ stew they call simply, their music.
On Toys for Chaos we find lead singer alicia racine, keyboardist jude kingston, bassist mike jupin and drummer adam colucci as at ease in the studio as they are on stage thanks in large part to master producers Overclock Inc. and Rob Pemberton. The album moves seamlessly from middle-eastern tinged epics to straight rock anthems to bass driven funk workouts all while sounding uniquely the band’s own. Anyone who has ever played music knows that this is extremely difficult to accomplish, while the average listener, upon hearing the album would simply say, “this album kicks ass.”
Mark my words good people; you want to get behind Grand Army right now. While Toys for Chaos is a solid album song after song, the next album has the potential to be monumental. Grand Army is a band destined for great things so put your dancing shoes on sucka.
jude kingston - live synthesizers
alicia racine - Vocals
adam colucci - Drums
jupin - Bass
AKA Oneiris - self titled EP
Grand Army - Toys For Chaos (scheduled for release winter or spring of 09 under the Whaling City Sound label)
Depending on the night Grand Army has been known to play up to 4 hours of original music. There are 20 songs that include singer Alicia Racine which can fill about 3 hours with extended sections. The band also does electronic intrumental songs known by fans as "base camp" which can extend into long experimntal jams and on some night have gone on for 3 sets. This is all of course based on the venue and what kind of gig Grand Army is performing at.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.