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Grand Central

Taste of Days (Demo)

Year Released: 2000
Format: Tape
Label: self released
Reviewed by Martin Brown on Jun 13, 2007
The rock monster GRAND CENTRAL has shaken off its shackles and come at us, devil signs flailing and decadent virgin sacrificing ahoy. I jest - calm down. One day perhaps this band will release something which is merely 'fucking good' but they haven't managed to sink that low yet! Their hearty dose of rockage and emotion paints a veritable miasmic banquet of sonic ecstasy - hey I'm still after that NME job, damn you. This is undoubtedly the best stuff I've ever heard from a Croydon band and one of the best UK things released this year. 4 songs, including the awesome "Would You Change", a total live fave. I remember when I heard that song first when I was like, 14, and it rocked my world then... to have it on record... YAY! The sound is obviously built around Rich's guitar work which is absolutely stunning - the guy cracks me up onstage though, sorry. The 5string bass chugs along to huge drums, with Stu's soaring vocals over the top of it and never being afraid to alternate more 'emo' approaches with a sensible amount of downright rock. This band has been compared to SENSEFIELD, SERPICO, BY A THREAD, GAMEFACE, TEXAS IS THE REASON, UNDERSTAND, & the slightly more obscure comparisons of PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN & IRON MAIDEN! I have to say that I managed to find some JIMMY EAT WORLD, HOT WATER MUSIC, later RADON and a little I HATE MYSELF in there too... I guess the moral of this story is: Fuck comparisons and check out this demo. Incredible.

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