Grand Atlantic: Phil Usher, Sean Bower, Morgan Hann, Mat Von Diehm Produced by Dale Cotton Recorded by Dale Cotton at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum between December 29th, 2010 and January 12th 2011. Mixed by Dale Cotton at Audioworkshop, Dunedin NZ. Additional tracks recorded by Phil Usher at Defacto Studios and Blackbox recording/ Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master, Nashville TN. All songs written by Phil Usher and arranged by Grand Atlantic. Additional lyrics on 'Voyager' by David Usher. All sounds performed by Grand Atlantic with the exception of 'lead' flashlight on congas by Dale Cotton on Central Station Blues and ghost voices courtesy of the past/present residents of Seacliff. Sometimes, getting a bit lost can be the best thing that happens to you. After a frenetic 2010, Australia's Grand Atlantic could be forgiven for disappearing for a while. Tours of the US, Japan and Australia had gained them a swag of new fans, and their second album 'How We Survive' gained huge exposure and US airplay... so a strategic disappearance was in order. Over the later part of the year, around 20 songs were written and arranged by the band for their third long-player. The power-pop flavour of the first two albums gave way to a darker, more introspective set of tracks that tip the hat to the shoegaze sound of the early 90's, while stripping back the arrangements to a leaner, tougher, more direct sound. In early 2011, the band bunkered down in Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, an abandoned psychiatric hospital near Dunedin, New Zealand, with producer Dale Cotton to record their upcoming album 'Constellations'. As singer Phil Usher describes, "We had a few strange experiences while we were there-hearing voices during takes, strange sounds, and we also saw a microphone stand move like someone knocked it." That strangeness, and the unease of not quite knowing where you are, informs the sounds on the record. The new album is sheer psychedelic sophistication, it's beating heart urgent and undeniable. Yet the band is content to let the music build and peak, unhurriedly and with tangible conviction. Intimate and inscrutable, these songs bend and fold, stretch out and explode. Guitar-pop mutates into a lush psycho-geographical map where the band's headspace mimics the manic contours of the equally beautiful and punishing New Zealand countryside where the album was recorded. In March 2010, Grand Atlantic barnstormed across the US and Canada after invitations to showcase at SXSW and Canadian Music Week, following extensive touring of the album in Australia and a growing call from the US powerpop scene. The release of 'How We Survive' in the US prompted radio play on over 50 radio stations, a glut of media attention and placed them on a bunch of SXSW 'bands to watch' short lists. Back home, Scene Magazine characterized them best: "How We Survive is classic guitar pop that leans heavily on Brian Wilson, Ray Davies and The Beatles while asserting a sonic identity rooted heavily in 90s Brisbane rock...How We Survive is the best chance yet for this Brisbane band to take on the world." Even the massive exposure of their "Gossip Girl" track hasn't changed their focus or approach to music. "We're really proud of what we've done on record to date, but we also wanted to keep evolving and growing as a band. The first two were done over a long period of between one and two years. This new album was recorded in 12 days and that created an intense and focused process," says Usher. "We've really let down our hair, experimented and let things be a lot more raw than we ever have before. It's been a frightening, exhilarating and wild ride!" March 2011 saw Grand Atlantic return to the US for a repeat tour of both the East and West coasts, as well as SXSW again. Live, they're passionate and intense, a high-energy rock tour-de-force. 'Constellations' is due for release in September 2011. MANAGEMENT Alien Lane Management - Joe Woolley PO Box 216, Spring Hill, QLD 4004, Australia Email: email@example.com Phone: +61-419-723-542.