Michael Gross and the Statuettes
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Michael Gross and the Statuettes

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | SELF

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | SELF
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"Michael Gross and the Statuettes (Telepath album review)"

Practically everything great about modern power-pop is being released on August 21 in the debut full length Telepath, a culmination of the efforts of singer/guitarist Michael Gross, percussionist Matt Glass, bassist Ben Johnson and guitarist Jimmy Kelly. Following in the vein of their two EPs Dust & Daylight and Impulse & Exports,the Salt Lake area foursome is on the verge of delivering ten new indie rock works of art that further exemplify the resonance they have successfully put out since the summer of 2008.
Kickoff track “Keep Driving” sets the tone for the album with a crisp melding of instruments built around the opening guitar riff, and implements Gross’s ability to pull at heartstrings with lyrics such as “It’s getting clear to me/ You’re just a memory/ And I’m just an afterthought.” Following that, the live-in-the-moment message of “On and On” and the subdued feeling of dissatisfaction in “Bad Idea” take the listener on a ride through a spectrum of emotions. Later, in “Real Gone,” there is a return to the bare feeling of loss and frustration from the opening track. The closing track “No Good” offers a show of effrontery and strength though, contrasting the lovelorn feeling of much of the album.
Another thing that rings true about the impending release is that chronologically it’s been done right. Two years is a perfect benchmark for the release of a first full-length for just about any band, as it allows for the establishment of how their personalities will ultimately color their art, and also for the development of the dynamic that must exist between artists to successfully collaborate on their craft. That dynamic is one of the real treasures that Gross and the Statuettes bring to the listener: they are able to take the music in a direction that is natural to all of them and still retains their individual stylings. Among a sea of power-pop groups on the scene these days, it is that ability that will keep them at the top of their genre and allow them to continue creating first-rate music that doesn’t mirror every other band. A | Jason Neubauer
RIYL: The New Pornographers, The Apples in Stereo, The Decemberists - Playback: STL


"Sober Indie Rock (Imaginary Signs EP Review)"

[SOBER INDIE ROCK] "Too Much Too Soon," the opening tune from Michael Gross and the Statuettes' new Imaginary Signs EP, has just about everything you could want in an indie pop anthem: an angular, Cars-style guitar riff; Gross' boozy, Yorke-meets-Casablancas vocal delivery; a shiny, memorable chorus that reminds of Gin Blossoms-era rock radio. If "Gin Blossoms-era" strikes an odd chord in your heart, though, it should: The Statuettes have a definite safe streak that major-label prospectors ought to appreciate and music critics will see as lost potential. The band's rare combination of post-punk literacy and palatable rock gloss means the Statuettes could go just about anywhere from here: That's a lot to say for a band from Salt Lake City. - Willamette Weekly (Portland, OR)


"City Weekly Music Awards 2011 (Show Review)"

Michael Gross & The Statuettes brought the proceedings back to a straightforward pop-rock vibe, and the energy the band brought to their set helped them win over a crowd that, according to Gross, probably wasn't too familiar with the band.

"We're Michael Gross & the Statuettes," Gross announced early on. "I'm sure most of you have never heard of us. Don't be frightened. But you probably don't want to know us."

He was joking, of course, and if anything, the band's tight set of powerful, hook-filled rock surely made the band some new friends Saturday. Gross's easy way with shifting his voice from a pretty falsetto to something darker, even menacing, makes this band one of the more intriguing in Utah to watch and see where they go from here. - Salt Lake City Weekly


Discography

Dust & Daylight EP (2009)
Impulse and Exports EP (2010)
Telepath (Full Length) (2010)
Imaginary Signs EP (2011)

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Michael Gross & The Statuettes are an Indie Rock/Pop band from Salt Lake City that formed in 2008. Michael Gross (formerly a singer/songwriter/ guitar player for the band The Brobecks) recorded a solo album in the spring of 2008 entitled “Tales From a Country Home”. Shortly after, Michael formed a real life band around this project. The Statuettes were born. The current lineup consists of Michael Gross (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Kelly (guitar), Ben Johnson (bass), and Andy Patterson (drums).
The band has independently released 3 EP's "Dust & Daylight" (2009), "Impulse and Exports" (2010), "Imaginary Signs" (2011), and one full length album "Telepath" (2010). The band has also independently booked tours all over the western united states and are looking to expand their tour destinations in the coming months.