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Hundred Years Apart

by Grace Solero

2nd album from London-based female-fronted eclectic rock band: passionate, raw, intense, atmospheric, grungy, dreamy and ethereal.
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1. Riptide
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2. Electro
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3. We Don't Wanna
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4. St Ives
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5. Once Again
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6. Unless
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7. Circles
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8. Yard of Blonde Girls
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9. Far Away
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10. Falling Down
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11. Real
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12. The Woman By the River
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13. Eternal Love
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Album Notes
“bittersweet, Jeff Buckley-esque” - Time Out
“a jarring blast of angsty power-pop” - Powerplay
“if Skunk Anansie and Alanis Morisette had a lesbian love child…” - The Fly
“a modern day Toyah Wilcox on steroids … this is a full on set with a lot to offer” - Guitar Techniques

Grace Solero are a band not short on star talent. Singer and guitarist Grace herself possesses a raw, visceral voice of astounding range, and a presence and poise as a performer that points to past dance and gymnastics training. In the group she lends her name to, her star quality is matched by that of California-born, London-based lead guitarist Dan Beaulaurier, whose style displays a rare mix of technical mastery and real soul. Since first meeting while working on a production of Oscar Wilde’s ‘Salome’ at London’s Theatro Technis, the pair have been producing beguiling, otherworldly sounds that utterly befit such far-from-humble beginnings. On debut album ‘New Moon’ they presented a record packing enough raw fury and force to hold its own in the heavy rock realm, while introducing elegant and exotic elements that hinted this was an act with a lot more to offer yet.

Second album ‘Hundred Years Apart’ is now due for release on September 30th through Wohone Records, and though following not far behind its predecessor, it hears Grace Solero’s core creative duo leap forward light years. Growing in experience and confidence, Grace and Dan have now embraced the full breadth of their eclectic influences and deliver a breath-taking album with a unique character all of its own. They’re joined this time by drummer Maurizio Liberato and bassist Bjorn Zetterlund, the latter another multi-talented individual who recorded and engineered the record at the band’s self-built North London studio, while Pedro Caparros, of kindred rock mould-crackers Breed 77, co-arranged much of the material, helping to refine the group’s singular sound.

By turns both grand and understated, ‘Hundred Years Apart’ knows when to apply full-force, bracing blasts of gritty noise, and equally how to hold listeners rapt with the subtleties of a single, sustained note or well-placed seconds silence. At their most sonically abrasive Grace Solero tap into the emotional intensity and light/dark dynamics that distinguished grunge’s most intriguing exponents; there’s more than a shade of Soundgarden in the ’Falling Down’s tense, tightly-wound guitarlines which bloom into a soaring centrepiece hook, while ‘St. Ives’ infusion of ferocity and fragility carries a strong flavour of Smashing Pumpkins.

On the manic ‘Circles’, the group reference Muse’s intricate and audacious approach to stadium bombast, with Grace gulping air and swooping between the poles of her impressive vocal range to keep pace with a dizzy and dazzling display of Dan‘s skills on guitar. This gloriously extravagant excursion finds its opposite number in the brittle and bare ‘The Woman By The River’, where Grace gives a performance showing astonishing technical confidence even as she affects a convincing vulnerability. Along with the group’s stunning cover of ‘Yard of Blonde Girls’, it’s a track which makes plain why frequent Jeff Buckley comparisons have been fully deserved.

Critics have also likened Grace’s vocals to Alanis Morisette, PJ Harvey and Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin, and ‘Hundred Years Apart’ now reinforces the notion Grace’s voice belongs amongst such esteemed company, while also hearing her more strongly define a style of her own. Although the band enlisted only the best when it came post-production, with Darren Lawson (Wolfmother, The Black Crowes) mixing most of the material and Adrian Hall handling the rest, the pair’s task was truly to authentically present the sound Grace Solero create without any studio trickery. Grace recorded the majority of her vocal parts live with the band, and results achieved this way reveal not only the strength of the talents at work within the group, but the rare, cohesive chemistry between them.

Needless to say, Grace’s live shows are exhilarating experiences, which echo the musical range and fondness for surprising audiences that can be heard on record. It’s a true one-of-a-kind artist who can say she’s performed alongside The Vibrators’ Knox (who in turn said Grace possesses “a world class voice”), Slade’s Noddy Holder (with whom she co-starred in a musical production of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at London’s Union Chapel last year) and Tristania’s Mariangela Demurtas - who declared Grace “one of the most talented people I know” in a recent interview, after playing with her in Oslo.

The admiration is mutual, and Grace subsequently asked Mariangela to contribute backing vocals to her track ‘Electro’, which will be the first single to be released from ‘Hundred Years Apart’ on September 23rd. The official video arrives at on September 4th and sees Grace bring the her dancer’s agility to a boxing ring, creating a clip that captures something of the blend of beauty and brutality Grace Solero are defined by sonically. The video shows the same visual flair seen in ‘Hundred Years Apart’s arresting cover image, which according to Grace concerns “survivors… people who’ve overcome emotional shocks, going through a lot and finding themselves alive”. The striking dress she’s seen wearing is made from plastic ties used to bind multi-packs of coke cans, which survived going to landfill to be upcycled by artist Walter Raes.

Grace Solero will be marking the release of ‘Hundred Years Apart’ with a hometown show at London’s Water Rats Theatre on September 26th, before announcing a UK-wide tour.



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