Unlike the unavoidable celebratory roots rock sound of GPN, Ver La Luz is an album of experimental sounds focused around themes of darkness and pain with an overshadow of optimism- not so much different than the desolate yet innovative sound of The National. Although Tournet notes George Harrison’s solo work was a prime influence, there are bits of Wilco and modern leaning soundscapes that give Tournet an essential voice as a front-man and singer-songwriter from the pop charm of “Lights Go Down,” Americana twang of “Demons” and the psychedelic rock thriller “Stand By You.” Just prior to the record’s release, we had a chance to talk with Tournet about his revolving world of success, isolation and solo artistry.
Grace Potter, Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, Charlotte NC 10.5.12.
For Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, the time is ripe for them to move up another notch on the rock and blues hierarchy. With a superb, extra bluesy/captivatingly mystical new album called The Lion The Beast The Beat, the Vermont based band are storming across the country, opening for Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, and taking a hooky day to sit in with the Flaming Lips as they broke the record for most concerts played in different cities within a 24-hour period. And it feels good. Just ask Potter, who has an infectiously natural joie de vivre about life at this moment in time
Watch Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ record release party live from Higher Ground.
Earlier in the year, some fans were worried about the direction Grace Potter and the Nocturnals were heading. Bassist Catherine Popper had recently left the band. Then the band announced a tour opening for country artists Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. The release of The Lion The Beast The Beat should alleviate those worries, though.
Jam stalwarts moe. will welcome many HT faves to Turin for moe.down 13.
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