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The best kept secret in music


"Press Reviews"

"Another Nashville Band Makes Headlines:

"Nashvillians watching Good Morning America today were likely surprised to see local quartet [actually quintet] Greenland performing on the show. Greenland, a relatively unknown band in Nashville's booming underground music scene, made it on the show by winning in the best song category in the YouTube Underground contest conducted in early October by Good Morning America, Cingular Wireless and, of course, YouTube.

"In the best song category, [Alex] Pastavas ... music supervisor for Grey's Anatomy and The OC and a guru of discovering undiscovered talent ... chose Greenland's 'The Way It Is,' a catchy pop song that, despite a few rough edges, still manages to get lodged in one's head. This is GreenLand's second competition this year and their second victory—their first came at The Muse's Battle of the Bands contest earlier this summer."

-Dave Rudolph - Nashville Scene - November 29, 2006

"Listen to 'The Way It Is' from Nashville band Greenland's self-titled EP, and you won't be surprised that the track was awarded Best Song in a recent YouTube Underground video contest."

-Birmingham Magazine - January 2007

"Although they only formed last January ... Nashville locals Greenland have already established a rather impressive following from Lexington, Va., to Knoxville and, of course, here in Nashville. They have a quintessentially poppy sound that resonates with listeners who appreciate an unusual blend of balladry and existential musings on 'Rip Van Winkle.' Underneath the wispy composition of tunes like 'The Way It Is,' Greenland confronts the angst-ridden conscience of one whose life is without progress: 'I never understood why I have always backed down,' vocalist Evan James wails before concluding, 'People never change, that’s the way it is.' Yet according to James and those who recently crowned Greenland champion of The Muse’s Battle of the Bands earlier this month, the quintet is evolving."

-Dave Rudolph - Nashville Scene - July 20, 2006

"['The Way It Is'] blends a sturdy bass line with both ‘70s and ‘90s guitar voicings and influences, plus a slashing lead vocal that nicely amplifies the tune’s message that any substantive social change must come through action rather than talk.

"But it’s hardly some sort of super-serious topical work. The singing and musical backing are loose and joyous, with the video for the tune echoing that sensibility through the use of interesting animation and figures ranging from animal figurines to a quick shot of Superman."

-Ron Wynn - Nashville City Paper - December 08, 2006
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The Greenland EP-2006

Just might catch "Captain Jack" or "The Way It Is" on the radio.

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Feeling a bit camera shy


Seems that few bands in rock today make it on musical merit alone but rather by gimmick or some hyperbolic story. Such is not true for Greenland, who plan to dominate the world with pop/rock that doesn't undermine the intellects of the harshest critics or alienate the public by being too artsy or exclusive. Winners of the first YouTube Underground video contest in November 2006 for "Best Song" - chosen by music supervisor Alex Patsavas of Grey's Anatomy and The O.C. fame - Greenland was flown to New York and appeared on Good Morning America, making their first big splash on the American front. As a result of this victory, the quintet may also have a song placed in a major motion picture or TV show later in 2007.

Like every band, Greenland is a product of its past. They adopt Beach Boys and Beatles-esque harmonies but blend them with influences ranging from Radiohead, Wilco, and Coldplay to early '90s guitar rock and '70s folk rock, the result being a refreshingly original, but not too unfamiliar sound. They are unique in having four vocalists, three of which are known to take the lead. Regardless, what stands out is an innate sense for melody, pop hooks, and catchy choruses which give Greenland's music a timeless quality that is not to be taken lightly. The buzz about Greenland is out.