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Seattle, United States (2006 – present)

Based in Seattle, USA, Grand Archives is an band featuring five male vocalists. Mat Brooke, co-founder of cult-favorites Carissa’s Wierd (not to mention an ex-member of Band of Horses) started Grand Archives with a trio of friends in September, 2006. Drummer Curtis Hall, bassist Jeff Montano (The New Mexicans), and guitarist/keyboard player Ron Lewis (Ghost Stories). Guitarist Thomas Wright signed on soon after. Judging from the first material, Grand Archives isn’t a drastic change from the songwriting shown by Brooke in both Band of Horses and (even more so) in Carissa’s Wierd. The latter in which he took even more part in the song-writing process.

The band emerged to little fanfare in March 2007 with two tracks posted to their MySpace page. Following an initial show with Brooke’s fellow former Carissa’s Wierd bandmate Sera Cahoone however, the band had their track “Sleepdriving” added to Pitchfork Media’s Forkcast playlist, which provided the band with substantial Internet exposure. Pitchfork then published a more in-depth feature on the band, discussing all four demo tracks from their MySpace page.

Soon after, the band were hand-picked to support Modest Mouse on seven west-coast tour dates, and it was also announced that Sub Pop had signed the band for a full-length album.

The band released a 4 song EP May 2007 and their full length self-titled debut was released on Sub Pop February 19, 2008.


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  • d1lll1nger

    Very good!

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • DavidGaal


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  • tinziiii


    2 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nickvb

    second lol?

    25 Nov 2011 Reply
  • oldcliche

    Will they ever release second album? 2

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • cottonwood

    @flame_leaf ...yes they had it on their site last year. Its very good! PS - I can't believe out unknown these guys are. Absolutely amazing band.

    16 Sep 2011 Reply
  • lauren_hatcher

    what a beautiful sound.

    15 Aug 2011 Reply
  • flame_leaf

    Right so, they've got a demo up on their site called "Villains II": was there a Villains I? does anyone have it? Would really love it if I could get my ears on some new Grand Archives songs.

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • antiskum

    @enoughWithThis - oh the second album's been out for a couple of years man (called 'Keep in Mind Frankenstein'), just hasn't been put up on last fm for whatever reason. they're writing their third now, and have posted some of the demos on their website, so go check that out too.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Beatomania

    1. Wait until it's 7 pm in the summer 2. Grab your stereo and Grand Archives CD 3. Go to a fine place with friends (or your lover) 4. Play ''A Setting Sun'' 5. Enjoy

    30 Mar 2011 Reply
  • weeeeeeeeeeee

    This band makes me drool on a good way.....I keep napkins around.

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • lazyeyelids

    they're not with sub pop anymore, hopefully they can find someone to release the next album

    25 Jan 2011 Reply
  • lazyeyelids

    how was the show?

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nickvb

    so glad i went out of my way to see them in seattle. will upload some videos when i can get my camera to behave itself.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • eriksilkensen

    "New songs are great. judging by the 4 new tracks the new album is gonna be beautiful" definitely.. [2]

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • leadpipecinch

    judging by the 4 new tracks the new album is gonna be beautiful

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • into_infinity

    New songs are great.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
  • lazyeyelids

    4 new songs!

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • xJake_Guitarx

    I love these guys!! one of my new favorites. I heard of them but never really noticed how really amazing this band is. So glad I took the chance to listen to them. Great band!!

    22 Jul 2010 Reply
  • van-schneider

    @magrueder: no, its just different from what you're used to. there's no need to be elitist about your personal preferences. On another note, only listened to torn blue foam couch and sleepdriving, but i'm liking what i hear so far. usually not that into indie, but these guys have something. not to mention we're both from the pacific northwest :)

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
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