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the grand coulee

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Into the Open - upcoming EP (Spring 2009)



At 30, the Grand Coulee was ready to trade his dreams of becoming a Musician for a lousy Ph.D. But one night Keith Richards appeared to him and told him to go out and 'do it' - cause 'you can never be too old for Rock´n´Roll'. Well, you can´t argue with Keith, can you? So the Grand Coulee went to Damaskus and began writing songs. And as if he had opened the vent to a boiling kettle, the music just flowed out of him. In only 6 months about 10 songs were finished - spanning such diverse musical ventures as a melancholical hymn about Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx (inspired by actual events), a scathing obituary for Augusto Pinochet (including the truth about his death) or a tip-toe-tale about a stressed-out politician bent on fried eggs with ham. But this is not all: lovesongs about peg-legged pirates and drunken ballerinas, heated political anthems about Adam West and the James Gang, sad ballads about Shackleton´s skipper or the inability to talk to that girl on the school yard... it seems as if all this personell just waited to be released into songs. And now, with the Grand Coulee as its aide, it will finally come to life.

the Grand Coulee is both inspired by the Great History of American Folk and Rock (as epitomised by Bob Dylan), as well as the symphonic frenzy of the Beatles and the Beach Boys or the Kinks´ love for the Music Hall and a skewed sense of humour. While his energy comes from early Indie, the intensity of his guitar play owes deeply to the Norwegian psychonauts of Motorpsycho. All of these influences blend into a unique mixture of melodical folk-pop-tunes with a twist - ranging from the orchestral to the stripped-down, from Vaudeville to Americana, to...

...ah, cut the chatter.

The Grand Coulee will break your heart. Plain and simple. Trust me.