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North of Grand

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The best kept secret in music


"Attention to Revenge Review"

Chockful of clever lyrics ("Republican"), memorable melodies ("This is Started"), catchy hooks ("Chemical"), and driving rhythms ("Long Ago"), "Attention to Revenge" is the breakthrough album we've been waiting for from this talented trio of local punk rockers and is sure to garner the band some much-deserved national attention. North of Grand, which formed in 2003 after singer-guitarist Sean Wilson, bassist Dan Ketelsen, and drummer Pat Curtis left The Miltons, may have been known at one time as one of Des Moines' best-kept secrets, but thanks to their stellar new album, the cat is out of the bag. -- Michael Swanger - Cityview - May 2005

"Wrong Way Home "Full of Muscle""

To cut through general bar noise and the inevitable apathetic attitudes of some patrons gathered within, modern rock bands had better be able write songs that get people's attention quickly. Des Moines' North of Grand has succeeded in this objective with their debut, "Wrong Way Home." These punked up popsters have released a disc of eight catchy rock nuggets that make you want to stop whatever you're doing and give a closer listen just to see where the song is going to end up. There's nothing fancy here; just power chords, a few guitar solos, fine song craftsmanship and tight playing. The disc is full of muscle and packed with energy, but, thankfully, North of Grand isn't trying to set land speed records with every tune. The slightly-faster-than-mid-tempo pace of the record lets you digest the tunes without being run over by them. At 23 minutes, the record is a small dose of the band, but just enough to leave you wanting more. The band consists of Sean Wilson (guitar, vocals), Pat Curtis (drums, vocals), and Dan Ketelsen (bass). The three were all members of The Miltons, and left to form North of Grand in March of this year. - Pointblank (Des Moines)

"NOG Releases Tribute to Hometown Watering Holes"

For those about to drink, North of Grand salutes you. The eight beer-soaked anthems on the Des Moines power trio’s debut album, “Wrong Way Home,” pay homage to the band members’ favorite watering holes along Ingersoll Avenue, the street just north of Grand Avenue. And they do it all in a mere 23 minutes.

Formed earlier this year when Dan Ketelsen (bass), Pat Curtis (drums) and Sean Wilson (vocals-guitar) split from local pop punk band The Miltons, North of Grand strings together a solid set of working-class rock ‘n’ roll.

North of Grand doesn’t try to hide its influences, most obviously L.A. punks Social Distortion and Cedar Falls’ pre-eminent alternative rockers House of Large Sizes. Blaring guitar licks and despair-filled lyrics strut snotty punk attitude on “My Only Friend.” The feedback-filled riffs and shout-out vocals on “Suburban Crisis” play like a tribute to HOLS.

North of Grand also gives a rambling toast to the Groovie Ghoulies on “The Highwayman.”

The songs flow well, especially the placement of the slow-building “Lame” before the Molotov cocktail “Reputation,” which the members of North of Grand rip through like a wolverine in a woolsack.
- Cityview


"Attention to Revenge" (12 song CD) - May 2005
"Wrong Way Home" (8 song CD) - Dec 2003


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Iowa-based rockers North of Grand have released their sophmore effort on The Tyros Label. "Attention to Revenge" features 12 quick-hitting songs - filled with melodic hooks and bouncing rhythms. NOG's second album is more of the same tight, punk-influenced pop displayed on 2003's "Wrong Way Home", but with stronger song writing, production, and focus.

North of Grand formed in March 2003 - when three members of Des Moines post-punk quartet "The Miltons" left the group to start something new. The decision has paid off. Sean Wilson (vocals, guitar), Dan Ketelsen (bass), and Pat Curtis (drums, backing vocals) have created two albums full of catchy, raise your fist in the air rock. The power-trio also puts on an eye-and-ear popping live show, moving quickly from song to song - leaving an audience with little time to catch their breath.

North of Grand has spent a good deal of time touring since 2003. They have made multiple stops in the following cities; Minneapolis, Fargo, Lincoln, Omaha, Wichita, Detroit, Chicago, Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Louisville...just to name a few.

The name "North of Grand" comes from the area in Des Moines where the band frequents bars that line Ingersol Avenue (just north of Grand Avenue). It's a blue-collar, no nonsense neighborhood that is reflected in the band's straight-up, no apologies style of rock n roll.

For Fans of: The Ramones, Devo, Groovie Ghoulies, Social Distortion, Weezer, House of Large Sizes, Alkaline Trio, Ultimate Fakebook, Screeching Weasel, Queens of the Stone Age.