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Your Gracious Host

by Your Gracious Host

Ringing guitars, compelling melodies and vocal harmonies galore collide to create masterful classic indy pop with a rocking serrated edge.
Genre: Pop: Jangle Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Minutes = Hours
3:25 $0.99
2. Admit to Myself
4:20 $0.99
3. You Take Care
3:45 $0.99
4. Changed so Much
3:24 $0.99
5. End of the Summer
3:22 $0.99
6. The Big Leap
4:39 $0.99
7. Giving up for Good
2:49 $0.99
8. Time to Spare
2:50 $0.99
9. Peace (all we're saying)
3:27 $0.99
10. Reaching Stars
4:35 $0.99
11. Stay Forever
4:26 $0.99
12. I Feel Alright
2:16 $0.99
13. Why You're Here
2:47 $0.99
14. Taking Time Away
3:43 $0.99
15. Man who passed us By
3:22 $0.99
16. A Year and 1/2
2:59 $0.99
17. Really too Late
3:33 $0.99
18. All you Dreamers
3:48 $0.99
19. Worry in Stride
3:44 $0.99
20. Happy that I'm Unhappy
4:21 $0.99
21. Cloud in the Sky
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Curless mixes indie pop and power pop to fine effect, and fans of Teenage Fanclub, The Shins, XTC and a host of other similarly minded and sounding bands will enjoy this generous will wantto RSVP to Your Gracious Host" Absolute Powerpop

"Wow! thoroughly enjoyable it doesn't feel like 2 discs...GREAT!" Kool Kat records

Fans of power pop, you are in for a real feast. This is a rocking manifesto filled with sweet vocal harmonies, chiming guitars, and stick-in your-head melodies set to compelling, often confessional lyrical landscapes. The ambitious, self released debut of Your Gracious Host has been four years in the making, written and created in three studios and two states. The driving force behind YGH is Tom Curless, a talented singer/songwriter multi instrumentalist from the Flint Michigan area, via New Jersey and Chicago.

First, some history: Tom’s first major Chicago band Autoliner/Life on Mars released two records on the independent Parasol label in Champaign, IL and gained national attention, with rave reviews in The Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, All, and a host of others. They received radio play on WXRT in Chicago and WNEW in New York, as well as playing shows in Los Angeles and House of Blues in Chicago. A vinyl version of the first album was also issued in Japan. Tom had a hand in writing many of the songs, as well as vocals, drums and guitar. For more info check out

After the demise of Autoliner, Tom hooked up with old friend Terry Short and formed The Turnpike Down, who released one album called “AM Sessions” which received radio play on WXRT and positive reviews in the Chicago Sun Times. Tom was also part of another guitar driven rock band called Window Nine, formed with guitarist and friend Corbin Elliott. Window Nine put out one album and played many shows in the Chicago area, even opening up for the White Sox! Once he had relocated to Michigan, Tom had songs piling up and decided to record his material solo. The start of these sessions gave birth to the idea of Your Gracious Host. Disc two of the debut was mainly recorded with old Autoliner co-hort and musical partner Brian Leach (also now a member of Glitterhouse band Great Crusades), at Harmonious Tone studios in the Chicago suburbs. Taking Time Away was recorded with friend Ellis Clark in Chicago. Mr. Clark is a talented producer/musician who is half of the band Epicycle, and has worked with everyone from Kevin Tihista, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Nikki Sudden, and Chamber Strings.

An entirely solo effort, but with a live feel, disc one was recorded completely at home, in the basement studio with Tom handling all the instruments and vocals himself. Compared to the likes of XTC, The Shins, Teenage Fanclub, Elliott Smith, Crowded House, Squeeze and even George Harrison, Tom’s music welcomes these esteemed comparisons and brings home a quality that fans of power pop the world over will surely salivate over!



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