Friday, December 9, 2011

Creatures of the Night

Forgive me readers, for I have sinned. It's been far too long since my last confession. In my defense, I was gallivanting around SE Asia, too busy diving, beaching, whiskying and generally... living, to update the digital world. Still, hopefully I've come back refreshed, recharged and full of tunes to light your day. What's even better; we're a mere couple of weeks away from the holidays which means it's almost time for the annual Shanies.
 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: call this one the definition of hard working Americana. Lead by, unsurprisingly, Grace Potter... this rotating band of exceptionally talented musicians hale from Vermont. Starting in 2004, Grace took the slow road to success by building up a slow following doing music her way. Slowly creeping their way out of the home state with releases in 2004 and 2005, GP&TN's started to gain notoriety around the entire NE, most importantly in Boston. However, it wouldn't be until 2007 that the break would finally come... and then the floodgates opened. Touring with the likes of Gov't Mule, The Black Crowes and Dave Matthews Band became common. Being featured on various TV shows and through a plethora of commercials became a standard. Suddenly being asked to play Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Red Rocks in Colorado... was almost an overnight shift. In short, while not completely dominating on the mainstream... they'd hit their break.

A much needed refreshment to the American music scene, their sound is a throwback to the simpler days of the 60s and 70s, with a modern take on classic rock revival. Potter's epic and sultry vocals scream like a siren over well written, blues inspired, hard rocking tunes which remind one of what music should be. I'll admit that this voice gets me more than a little aroused... you?

-One day, you're going to wake up and not be awake.