Grand Vapids is a force. A wave of sound propelling "gorgeously defined and thoughtfully executed guitar slow-pop". Gordon Lamb - Flagpole
Forming in early 2014, Grand Vapids spent the course of a year recording its debut album Guarantees with producer and engineer Drew Vandenberg (of Montreal, Deerhunter, Kishi Bashi) at Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. On the album the sonic palette is wide. Withguitars that are laboriously crafted, a driving rhythm section, and synths that are densely layered and structured. The songs are at once intimate and expansive, exploring a fevered state of fear and wonder. The album was mastered by Joe Lambert (Wye Oak, Sharon Van Etten, Wild Nothing) in NYC.
While Grand Vapids' music could easily satiate the space between Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth, there is a depth of feeling to these songs that moves beyond nostalgia and pushes the listener toward a state of mind where memory and wonderment intersect. It is a delicate and dense balance on a debut record that finds the band carving out its own musical identity.
Grand Vapids is McKendrick Bearden, Austin Harris, Paul Stevens, and Patrick Morales.
Their debut album Guaranteeswas released on January 20th, 2015.
"Good music ... a lazing Beck monotone and a wobbly Pixies buzz." - CMJ
“You'd better hold on tight … droney calms explode into powerful bursts, finally bringing destruction to your eardrums.” - Magnet
"Understated gorgeousness ... a droning take on indie rock in the lineage of Galaxie 500, Low, and fellow Georgians Deerhunter ... all somnambulant beauty and shimmering, scraping white noise.” - Stereogum
"The whimsical result of a young band experimenting in the studio ... pulsing drums and echoing vocal effects create a sense of constant movement. Nothing is ever hurried, and each moving part feels designed and purposeful." - Consequence of Sound
"Harris and Bearden’s vocals call to mind that of Sun Kil Moon, cushioned by loud, purring drums, melancholy violin, and dense soundscapes that fold in on each other like waves and explode unhurriedly into the ether.” - Culture Collide
“Vocals like whiskey and a fireplace on a winter night—similar to Father John Misty’s more tender side—and the lush layers of guitar provide a swirling, ambient undercurrent to get lost in.” - Alt Citizen
"McKendrick Bearden’s tales of interpersonal chaos are delivered with David Bazan-like precision, while Austin Harris’ cloudy, layered space-pop vaguely resembles a cross between Bradford Cox’s muscular obfuscations and Lockett Pundt's gentler work as Lotus Plaza. ... Guarantees is frighteningly coherent, a startling debut from an exciting new band.” - Flagpole
"From mid-career Wilco to Elephant 6 band Beulah to Built to Spill to Kurt Vile, if you’ve kept up with guitar music over the last decade or two, you’ll likely find something to enjoy within Grand Vapids’ music." - Flavorwire
"Dark, brooding, ominous ... equal parts '90s indie and outlaw country." - PopMatters
"In the vein of Real Estate, the Atlanta band continue the thread of 21st century, reinvigorated guitar-driven music” - Flood
"A sledgehammer to the gut hit of deconstructed self-agonizing anguish ... strikes you in your most vulnerable spot." - Impose
"Fuzzy, understated ... nostalgic and straightforward at the same time." - Paste