Battling an appropriate glaze of red hot light, Sebastien Grainger
sweats it out during this long overdue set from Saddle Creek
's Showcase at the 2009 edition of SXSW last. Here, the former DFA 1979 drummer fronts a relentless band, flying through the kind of carefree and skuzzy set that'll probably have you feeling just a bit dirtier than you actually are. No need to worry though. We assure you you'll return to your former, purer self after 44 minutes of steam rolling, dance rock down in Austin. Keep a special eye on the Grainger's hysterical reaction to having the plug pulled on the performance. Yeah, not pleased...not pleased at all. Luckily, it can live on forever here at Baeble. - David Pitz
Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains is a record that reflects the majesty its title suggests. Big chords, soaring choruses, and Sebastien's voice paint the portrait of a man still climbing. While lyrically and musically, Grainger's taken a sidestep 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, Sebastien's crafted a muscular and smart rock record that will surprise people expecting him to relive 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 ruminations rich with energetic arrangements and deep melodic undercurrents. With his first full-length album Sebastien Grainger & The Mountains he further expands upon the well-received melodic endeavors of his digital EP American Names.
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. Feeling like he is finally expressing himself on his own terms with the new record, Grainger is eager to hit the road once again and present these songs to the folks who've been curious about his next move after the dissolution of DFA 1979. Although he's a self-described "domestic person, Grainger's penchant for singing loudly, playing as hard as possible, and getting sweaty is realas real as people's enthusiasm for him to keep doing so. - Saddle Creek