New Music : Grace Potter And The Nocturnals

August 16, 2007 by
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Grace Potter and the Nocturnals just released a widely acclaimed new album called This Is Somewhere, a title inspired by Neil Young‘s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

Guitarist Scott Tournet and drummer Matt Burr on the new album from the band’s bio:

“It was our intention to make an album that sounded like it was
made in 1973, and we did it,” says Tournet. “We wanted to make a record that was
intelligent, cohesive and accessible, like the records we love.” Burr added, “We
were dreaming of albums like Neil Young’s Harvest and the Stones’ Exile on Main
Street, where they went into a comfortable environment with natural reverb that
wasn’t necessarily built as a studio. That’s where we were coming from, and
we’re pretty psyched with the final product. It definitely captured the warmth
and vibe we wanted.”

Lofty aspirations for any band, and they have succeeded on a certain level. Any of the songs on This Is Somewhere would feel right at home on 70’s Top 40 radio. This is new music for classic rock fans. Solid blues based rock and roll it reminds me of bands like Heart, Pat Benatar or Linda Ronstadt‘s 70’s output. Ah Mary is one of the more rocking songs in an album heavy on slower midtempo numbers. They have been steadily building their fanbase through endless touring and captivating live shows and have been readily embraced by fans on the jam band circuit. A devoted following that can carry a band a long way, if you can earn it, and they have.
Check them out if they come your way.

MP3: Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Ah Mary
Buy This Is Somewhere



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