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The Ascot Royals
Maybe it’s the shared genes, or maybe it’s the sibling rivalry, but whatever the reason, bands featuring brothers have become a real staple in the music industry. From AC/DC to Kings of Leon, there’s just something special about the results achieved from fusing brothers with music. The Ascot Royals are the latest addition to this time-honored tradition.
Rock band Grand Splendid hail from Montreal and are excited to be on the local indie scene. Their upfront electric guitar sounds and soothing vocal melodies are attracting the attention of indie music lovers.
They recently released their first EP Numbers, which was engineered by Maxime Audet-Halde (Doba Caracol) and mastered by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, The Stills, Sam Roberts). In the studio, the band's musical exploration went beyond their guitar-driven sound, adding new textures with vintage keyboards, a pump organ and layered vocal harmonies.
Their singles, Hopeless and Energy, have aired on several indie radio stations across North America, Europe and Asia. They also received support from UK rockers The Joy Formidable, who selected Grand Splendid as the featured artist on one of their sporadic podcasts.
The buzz around the release of Grand Splendid's first EP landed them invitations to play at the NXNE and Canadian Music Week festivals in Toronto. This show at Divan Orange will be the last one this year, before they go into the studio to record their next EP.
“Their songs are instantly enjoyable and rather infectious. We are dealing with upbeat and catchy rock that will sit in your head for a very happy chunk of time.” - The Indie Blender
"Bouncy. Joyful. “Energy.” So much energy. Julian Buchbinder has the most incredible voice, so soothing and serene, amidst layered guitars, and high-energy organ riffs. It must be difficult to fit that much enthusiasm on a stage, let alone in an hour. But they did it, and we saw it. And it was awesome." - Bucketlist Music Reviews