Rock band Grand Splendid hail from Montreal and are excited to be on the local indie scene. Their upfront electric guitar sounds and soothing vocal melodies are attracting the attention of indie music lovers.
They recently released their first EP Numbers, which was engineered by Maxime Audet-Halde (Doba Caracol) and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, The Stills, Sam Roberts). In the studio, the band's musical exploration went beyond their guitar-driven sound, adding new textures with vintage keyboards, a pump organ and layered vocal harmonies.
Their singles, Hopeless and Energy, have aired on indie radio stations across North America, Europe and Asia.
They also received support from UK rockers The Joy Formidable, who selected Grand Splendid as the featured artist on their monthly podcast.
The buzz around the release of Grand Splendid's first EP landed them invitations to play at the NXNE and Canadian Music Week festivals in Toronto. They will continue presenting Numbers throughout the year with shows in Quebec and Ontario.
“Their songs are instantly enjoyable and rather infectious. We are dealing with upbeat and catchy rock that will sit in your head for a very happy chunk of time.” - The Indie Blender
"Not only is their music so impossibly catchy and upbeat, but their ability to compose strong, unique pieces shows promise that they won’t be a one-trick-pony in any future musical endeavors. Numbers is a huge success artistically. With talent like this, Grand Splendid won’t be going away any time soon."
Rating: 8/10 - Bucketlist Music Reviews
"Sounding a bit like Teenage Fanclub, the band displayed some smooth harmonies and hooks during their set, which had a heavy dose of poppy, happy guitar rock." - Panic Manual
"Montreal’s Grand Splendid make multi-textural guitar pop that transcends eras, mounted on an anthemic scale yet without the self-aggrandizing bombast. " - The Delete Bin
"“Hopeless” charmed me instantly, and I was not surprised to find out it’s the EP’s focus track. The straight-up rock swagger of “How Do You Feel Now?” is breezy without being flimsy and throwaway, and is a solid anchor as the penultimate of the EP’s five songs. On my initial listen to Numbers, I found myself disappointed that it was over as soon as it was, but maybe that’s Grand Splendid’s plan: leave the listener wanting more. If so, then congrats, boys, you’ve succeeded in spades." - Quick Before it Melts
"The record fills a quota for pleasant, upbeat guitar-driven music akin to something like early Strokes with a dash of Interpol" - Music Notes Blog
"The EP is a rather gentle affair with a lot of the songs reminding me of late era Brit-Pop, for example the late Feeder songs, Blur's late 90's tunes and early Post-Punk/Revival bands, which is not a bad little niche to be in! Brilliant new EP from the Montreal band." - It's All Indie
"Check out Grand Splendid...their EP is melodic, as warm and as comforting as a pillow. We need something to get through this winter, this could be it!"- New Music Ten
"The band is great at what they do, and each song will keep you listening. Rating: 4/5" -Canadian Beats
"Really lovely Montreal band. It's absolutely soothing and pleasant." - Indie-licious - 93.3 CFMU / Music Between Friends
“Straight from Montreal to your heart. Uplifting songs in a soft rock style.” - New Driven Radio
"New Must Listen: Listening to Numbers, Grand Splendid’s new EP, makes me feel somehow nostalgic. It’s a longing for the past. For fans of Galaxie 500 and Luna. On repeat." - Ouvido Afinado
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