Grafton Primary is recharged, inspired and eager to share their visions and experiences from the last few years. In late 2008 the band gave us Eon, an ambitious fusion of retro-electronica, rock, and complex lyricism. Now, in 2013, the band readies the release of Neo, their long-awaited sophomore album.
The two brothers Josh and Benjamin Garden arrived with Grafton Primary during the initial Australian electronic music boom along with the likes of the PRESETS, Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, and Empire of the Sun. They first began playing shows in Sydney in early 2007 with the release of their Relativity EP becoming a regular fixture on Triple J airwaves. In 2008, Grafton Primary shared their first full length studio album "Eon", receiving a nomination for the Australian Independent Records award in Best Electronic music. After a few of years of touring and playing festivals with the likes of Soulwax, Peaches, and 2manydjs, Grafton Primary went back into studio to work on their second album and enjoy the quiet life.
Neo is a play on the first album Eon; an anagram about moving towards the idea of something that's modern and reinvention of the past. It's fitting because Neo showcases a newer, more evolved part of Josh and Ben. Moving in many directions, the album sways from retro to electro funk, moving anthems, pop highlights and pure positivity to loneliness, melancholy, and quiet reflection. Lyrically, such stand out tracks as "One More Life" and "Six Feet Under" reveal beautiful tension between moments of perfection and moments of chaos. "Closer" is a song finding music as one of the unifying forces in human nature, reminding us that music is the thing that ties together all disparate moments.
Today, Josh and Ben are ready and eager to share Neo, an anthemic album born from their last few years of introspection.
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