Grandville

Grandville

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Grandville creates driving melodies and polished vocals on their self-titled debut album. Songs from their collection have been placed in the Olsen Twins movie, Passport To Paris, Beverly Hills 90210 Season Two Box Set and Westwood One’s best-unsigned bands comps.

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Biography

Grandville is the dream project of songwriters Robb Vallier, Todd McCool and George Nakonechny . On the band’s self-titled debut, the quartet delivers a high energy, straightforward rock n’ roll album. Grandville is driven by Vallier’s fervent vocals, the fret board wizardry of lead guitarist McCool and the powerhouse rhythms supplied by bass man Nakonechny and drummer Eldenius (Jackson Brown, Vanessa Carlton, Michelle Branch). The ten tracks on the band’s self-titled album, Grandville, are an intoxicating blend of brains and brawn, an engaging brew marked by vibrant melodies, chiming guitars, inventive rhythms and lyrics that cut straight to the heart of the wild, wondrous human condition. “We don’t try to be anything we aren’t,” Vallier explains. “We’re all smart, energetic guys who like to get people excited and maybe give ‘em something to think about as well. The lyrics are deep, but the music is fun: a combination of intelligence and energy.”

Grandville was recorded at Vallier’s Rumpus Room studio, live, with minimal overdubs. Vallier has worked with many top artists and his studio expertise gives every song on the record a subtle, individual character. “I’m a big Todd Rundgren fan and appreciate production that can take a song to the next level without overwhelming it,” Vallier says. “We like to create different textures, but don’t fill up every space just cause it’s there. The songs always start with Todd [McCool] and me singing and playing our acoustics. If it doesn't work that way, it won’t work no matter how much fancy stuff you put on top of it.”

The album kicks off with “Follow,” a rocker with a bright buoyant melody, beautiful harmonies from Vallier and McCool, icy shimmering guitar work and a drum pattern full of dramatic stops and starts. “We cut that one after we’d been working on the album a while, doing all kinds of intricate stuff,” McCool explains. “It got written and recorded in about four hours, very spontaneous. It sounds like a monster snowball rolling down a hill.” “Deliver” is a pop tune with an R&B/Gospel feel that’s highlighted by the sanctified piano work of Kenneth Crouch (Eric Clapton, Kelly Clarkson, Dr. Dre), brother of Gospel superstar Andrea Crouch. Vallier’s vocals here are full of yearning and confusion, driving home the song’s message of lost love. “It’s about sitting alone by the phone, waiting for the call that never comes,” Vallier says. “It’s another one that was written and recorded in a couple of hours.” “Disaster Fiend” is a psychedelic blues that tips its hat to The Beatles, with a groove adapted from “Tomorrow Never Knows.” The crunchy guitars and Vallier and McCool’s battling harmonies give the tune a dark, treacherous aura. The song explores a turbulent, dysfunctional relationship, with a seductive arrangement that pulls you deeper into the chaos with every listen. Other standout tracks include “Ghost (Inside My Head)” which lives up to its title with its odd instrumentation: spooky, moaning old school Mellotron and vibes that chime like a graveyard church bell. “While You Were Sleeping” harks back to the glam rock of the 70s with a simple guitar riff that keeps building and building and the relentless drumming of Eric Eldenius. “Lovers And Madmen” is a dynamic, driving ballad with a percussion track that features woodblocks, trashcans, stomping feet and the drumming of special guest, Abe Laborial Jr. (Paul McCartney). “It’s a real meat and potatoes kind of album,” Nakonechny says modestly. “There are a few mini-Moogs and Mellotrons, but it’s still earthy. We didn’t think about making a song for radio. We let it came from our souls and didn’t question ourselves. We did what felt right. It’s the best record I’ve ever worked on.”

Grandville has only been playing together for 13 months, but they’ve already developed into an exciting live unit that can play as a full rock band or in smaller acoustic settings. They’ve been knockin’ ‘em dead at hometown Hollywood venues like, The El Rey, Viper Room, The Roxy, Key Club, as well as the House of Blues in Las Vegas. They have thousands of MySpace fans and also headlined the “I Can't Believe They're Not Signed” showcase put on by Sean Healy, the man who helped The Strokes and Tea Leaf Green climb the ladder of success.

Grandville is already getting played by Carolyn Fox on KHZ 1580 AM in Los Angeles; KCCQ, Des Moines, Iowa; WKHZ 1590 AM Ocean City-Salisbury, Maryland and KMXU 105.1 FM Southern Utah. Songs from the album have been placed in the Olsen Twins movie Passport To Paris, Michael Ogasawara’s Cause & Defect, Kurt Voelker’s Park, Beverly Hills 90210 Season Two Box Set and Westwood One’s best-unsigned bands compilation.

Grandville came together in LA, but band members come from all over North America. Vallier is from Ames, Iowa and has been playing guitar as long as he can remember. “By the time I was 13, I was playing fairs, shows, festivals and dances; I got my chops down young.” Vallier went

Lyrics

Radio

Written By: Grandville

If you wanna take a picture,

I'm assured it will last longer,

Than the photograph now in your head.

You have captured my own image,

All exposed and negative,

But the surface is all you get.

And your still trying to break through...

chorus

Receiving your signal,

I'm reading you message,

You're coming n loud and clear,

Just like a radio.

You're jumping through circles,

I'm caught in your science,

You're coming in loud and clear,

Just like a radio.

Because I'm not responding,

Don't you think I'm out of range,

I'm just too scared to bare my sins.

Don't fear the tangled wires,

And no don't forget my name,

The code-once broken,

Will let you in.

Yet you're still trying to break through...

chorus

Are you listening?

Can you hear me?

Excuse the interruption,

I must make this one announcement,

Can you hear me?

Are you still there?

Chasing The Sun

Written By: Grandville

It's easy to live and ordinary life,

And to let time pass you by,

It's easy to make a mountain from a hill,

When living life on a sleeping pill.

But i won't sit still,

Just thinking to myself...

Chorus

Is it my turn?

Yeah, everyone wants it to be their turn,

There turn to start all over from square one,

Or maybe were all just chasing the sun.

It's so hard waking up to no one,

And to say it can be done,

Seems so unfair when another time has come,

And I'm stuck here forgotten.

But I won't sit still,

Thinking to myself...

Chorus

Close enough to almost taste,

Then it goes and slips away,

But I know...

It's on me to finish what I start,

And to feed my hungry heart,

Maybe down but I'm not torn apart,

Somehow I've held together this far.

Chorus

Well It's my turn,

Though everyone wants it to be their turn,

It's my turn to start over from square one,

No I'm not gonna stop chasing the sun.

Chorus out

Breathe

Written By: Grandville

I take you in,

Time and again,

Filling my soul,

Giving to you in return.

This rite repeats,

Our own rhythm,

Can't tell the end from the beginning.

(Just breathe)

Your dreams run wild,

Like fire through oil,

Burning smoke-screens,

Choking all the light.

Don't pull away,

I need your strength,

To clear the air in this troubled head of mine.

Chorus

Breathe,

We'll breath together,

Breathe,

Life into me.

Whispers you sent,

I've drawn them in,

Tasting like sweet honey stings and saccharine.

Don't hold your breathe,

Don't feel regret,

Stay here in bed and ride this night above the wind.

Chorus

There's a voice when you sigh,

It comes from deep within,

And i understand every word.

It says that you are all i need,

Just like you to me,

And I understand...

Verse 1

Chorus out

Annie

Written By: GRANDVILLE (Nakonechny/Vallier/McCool)

SHE KEEPS HER CLOCK BY THE WINDOW
IT ALWAYS SAYS IT'S TIME TO GO HOME
THIS AIN'T NO PLACE FOR A GOOD GIRL
WHO'S CRIED A THOUSAND SEAS NO ONE'S EVER SAILED

ANNIE SAYS SHE'S HURTING
SHE WANTS TO GO BACK HOME
ANYTHING IS BETTER
THAN BEING ALONE

ANNIE SAYS SHE WANTS
ALL HER FRIENDS TO BE THERE
ALL SEVENTEEN IF YOU CAN COUNT
THE SIXTEEN THAT SHE'S MADE UP
ANNIE SAYS SHE WANTS
TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER
AND ONE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE
TO FIND THAT SEVENTEEN IS NOT SO BAD

HER JOURNAL SITS ON A TABLE
FULL OF ALL THE SECRETS , SECRETS THAT SHE HIDES
TRY NOT TO WRITE SO HARD GIRL
'CAUSE THOSE WORDS CAN BLEED THRU TO THE OTHER SIDE

ANNIE SAYS SHE'S HURTING
SHE WANTS TO GO BACK HOME
ANYTHING IS BETTER
THAN BEING ALONE

ANNIE SAYS SHE WANTS
ALL HER FRIENDS TO BE THERE
ALL SEVENTEEN IF YOU CAN COUNT
THE SIXTEEN THAT SHE'S MADE UP
ANNIE SAY SHE WANTS
TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER
AND ONE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE
TO FIND THAT SEVENTEEN IS NOT SO BAD

AND NOW SHE'S THE LAST TO KNOW
THAT SHE'S ALL ALONE
WHY ARE WE THE LAST TO KNOW
WHEN WE'RE ALONE

SHE KEEPS HER CLOCK BY THE WINDOW
IT ALWAYS SAYS IT'S TIME TO GO HOME

ANNIE SAYS SHE WANTS
ALL HER FRIENDS TO BE THERE
ALL SEVENTEEN IF YOU CAN COUNT
THE SIXTEEN THAT SHE'S MADE UP
ANNIE SAYS SHE WANTS
TO GET ONE STEP CLOSER
AND ONE MORE FOR GOOD MEASURE
TO FIND THAT SEVENTEEN IS NOT SO BAD

Set List

Most sets are 45 min to 1 hour, but Grandville is available to play up to 2 hours plus if needed.

Grandville play a mixture of songs off their self-titled debut album, as well as new material when ready.