Written and recorded at Crib Notes, Gramercy Arms’ studio in NYC, the song is a lovely and bittersweet collaboration between the two critically acclaimed artists, and features Mascott’s Kendall Jane Meade on lead vocal. Meade’s vocals are an ideal match to the sublime power pop production of Gramercy Arms.
An instant classic, This Christmastime was featured on the show Grey’s Anatomy.
Gramercy Arms is a real live New York Supergroup!
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“But despite all the cooks, the broth still tastes pretty sweet. Gramercy Arms’ self-titled album is pleasing, varied, and above all, perfectly timed. With its breezy, cloud-watching ambience, it’s the perfect album to take the edge of the summer’s heat. With its charming use of hand-claps, smile-spreading choruses, and bah-bahing backing vocals, it might even provide a timely tonic for credit crunch worries.”
The Guardian (UK):
The buzz: “Oh, Gramercy – we’re in love!”
The truth: Imagine the Byrds paying tribute to the Velvet
Featuring current and former members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan Wasser of Joan as Police Woman, Dead Air and The Damnbuilders lead Dave Darby.
Their debut album features guest performances by none other than comedienne Sarah Silverman, Lloyd Cole, Chris Brokaw and Joan Wasser as well as present and former members of Nada Surf, The Pernice Brothers, Dead Air, Shudder To Think and more.
Drawing from this pool of talented NYC luminaries, the band celebrates the US online release of their album today Gramercy Arms and will be in all US relatilers on March 3rd
This summery blast of power pop was recorded earlier this year in a wintry New York City. Clocking in at a concise 30 minutes, ‘Gramercy Arms’ was named after an imposing Art Deco apartment block at East 22nd Street. The album is a celebration of New York in all its dirty – beautiful splendor. A slice of West Coast pop with East Coast sensibilities.
The album features a wide range of guest performances including the unexpected backing vocals of comedian Sarah Silverman on ‘Looking At The Sun’. Sarah had worked with Gramercy Arms members Rainy Orteca (Joan As Police Woman, Dead Air) and Dave Derby (The Dambuilders) before, on music for her television show, the Sarah Silverman Program.
UK Press LOVE:
The majority of the songs are by Dave Derby of the Hawaiian-Boston based The Dambuilders–sun kissed, subtly well constructed things that suggest Teenage Fanclub occasionally touched by the all-American pop suss of Cheap Trick. It’s all at once woozily beautiful and incidental…
“mellow, jangling, likeable”
“They specialise in feathery soft summery pop, with Shining Bright worth the entrance fee alone and a sprinkling of gorgeous hand – clapped melodies Belle & Seb would approve of.”
|Reveal artist Gramercy Arms and NYC-based folk-pop chanteuse Mascott will release the single This Christmastime on UK label Reveal Records. Written and recorded at Crib Notes, Gramercy Arms’ studio in NYC, the song is a lovely and bittersweet collaboration between the two critically acclaimed artists, and features Mascott’s Kendall Jane Meade on lead vocal. Described as “honey-voiced” by Rolling Stone, Meade’s vocals are an ideal match to the sublime power pop production of Gramercy Arms, recently described by the Guardian as “an East Coast band dreaming of LA freeways and Bel Air pool parties.” An instant classic, This Christmastime was featured on the US show Grey’s Anatomy, and is well overdue for a proper UK release.|
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