After countless spirited live shows, old demos circulating the web, relentless tinkering, and additions in personnel, GROUNDERS have finally released their first official recordings. And it was worth the wait. Wreck of a Smile confirms that GROUNDERS have successfully sidestepped the dangers of local hype to actually hone in on something to call their own. It√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s lush, melodic and charmingly idiosyncratic. Like an encounter with an eerily incandescent circus tent in the backwoods, Wreck of a Smile is enchanting, steeped in sublime wonderment.
Led by frontman Andrew Davis and joined by multi-instrumentalist Daniel Busheikin, guitarist Evan Lewis, bassist Mike Searle and drummer Rob Canali (who also created the gorgeous album artwork), GROUNDERS is a group of friends that coalesce into something simultaneously natural and incongruous.
With the production help of Marcel Ramagnano at BoomBox Sound in Toronto, the band has neatly distilled their two years of playing everything from boozy hole-in-the-wall gigs to packed POP! Montreal shows into four songs of unabashedly weird avant-pop.
Wreck of a Smile is comprised of the jubilant √¢‚Ç¨≈ìAlong The Line,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù the serene √¢‚Ç¨≈ìSpeedboats,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù the flag waving √¢‚Ç¨≈ìCrown Land,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù and the explosive √¢‚Ç¨≈ìGrand Prize Drawl.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Sonically, it could be likened to Mercury Rev or Grizzly Bear, but why draw comparisons with a band so cohesive and realized? Just listen.