Sebastien Grainger

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Sebastien Grainger

"When Grainger goes by his given name, it means he's all about two things and two things only: the rock, and the roll."

Ė Pitchfork

Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains is a record that reflects the majesty itís title suggests. Big chords, soaring choruses, and Sebastienís voice painting the portrait of a man still climbing. While lyrically and musically, Graingerís taken a side-step away from the more aggressive approach of his past musical pursuits in favor of a more reflective and personal style, he still knows how to rock it when necessary. Pulling no punches, Sebastienís crafted a muscular and smart rock record that will surprise people expecting him to re-live his past.

Best known for his contributions as singer and drummer for Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, whose decadently catchy anthems took the world by storm with the release of their breakthrough record You're a Woman, I'm a Machine in 2004, Sebastien Grainger is soon to be even better known to the world as a singer and songwriter of sophisticated distinction via his new solo works. Fans of his prior music will likely be surprised by his new direction; delicately layered rock ruminations rich with energetic arrangements and deep melodic undercurrents. With his latest full length album titled Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains he further expands upon the well received melodic endeavors found on his digital EP American Names put out this summer as a digital only offering. Both his EP and upcoming LP will released in Canada by the Outside Music label which continues to flourish with a roster that currently includes The Sadies, Jill Barber, Matthew Barber, The Besnard Lakes, Sunparlour Players, Rebekah Higgs, The Diableros, The Hylozoists and Oh Susanna.

Ben Pobjoy on Sebastien Grainger:
Grainger will modestly tell you "every song is a problem, or an equation that I have to resolve", but it's obvious that the results are richer and more soulful rather than calculated and mathematical. Having finally reached that feeling of expressing himself on his own terms making this new record, Grainger is eager to hit the road once again, and allow himself and his songs to become more visible to the folks who've been wanting to know what his next move after DFA 1979 split would be. Although he's a self-described 'domestic person', Grainger's penchant for singing loudly, playing as hard as possible, and getting sweaty is as real as the people who appreciate what he does' enthusiasm for him to keep doing so.