Grand-Pop Hits all the Right Notes

One of the greatest things about the Internet is how it’s turned the collection of local music scenes into a great big global scene. Sitting here in San Diego I’m now able to hear bands from all across the world and without that it’s likely that I would’ve never heard Grand-Pop’s debut LP, ‘Eight Nights.’ The Bristol band, for me, hits all the right notes, blending together various touches from other favourite bands to create something epic.

The songs are melodic, powerful, and uplifting in a way that reminds me of Olympia, Washington’s RVIVR. Warren Mallia’s vocals dive and soar, bending notes in a way reminiscent of The Dirty Nil’s Luke Bentham, and there’s the feel of a strong work ethic and positivity in the face of adversity, similar to that of Seattle’s Success. The mixing of these qualities has created an album that’s sure to make my Best of 2017 list. Probably my favourite track amongst an album full of great songs is ‘Nova Scotia.’ The vocal gymnastics are incredible, as is the melody of the song.

I hope to have the opportunity someday to see this band live, but until that day, thanks be to the Internet!