If you ask Grounders guitarist and synth player Dan Busheikin how he'd describe the band's music to someone who hasn't heard them before, he has a couple of suggestions. "Bright gospel pop," he says. "Or dark circus folk, depending on your day." And those both sound about right to us. The Toronto quintet are sweeping and epic in a very 21st century indie rock kind of a way, sometimes bright and upbeat, sometime dark and moody. You can check them out for yourself on their brand new EP, Wreck Of A Smile, which just came out. In fact, they're having a release party for it on Friday night at Double Double Land. Just $5. You'll find all the details on Facebook here, we'll post a couple of MP3s below and a stream of the whole record at the bottom of the page.
Busheikin took some time to answer our sometimes silly questions ahead of the show:
If you could play one venue you've never played before, what would it be?
Sasquatch, probably. We once made a deal that if we ever played a major festival we would get matching GROUNDERS tattoos, and I gots ta get inked.
If you absolutely had to get a face tattoo of album art from one record, which record would you want to have on your face for the rest of your life?
Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
Your all-time, all-star supergroup?
Whatever the opposite of Metallica + Lou Reed is.
What's the worst album you own?
Probably the official soundtrack for Pokemon the Movie, but only in retrospect.
What’s your favorite solo ever on your favourite instrument ever?
The third minute of Yo La Tengo's "Stay Away From Heaven" and everything else Ira Kaplan has ever played.
If you were going to be a roadie for one band, who would it be?
Skrillex, cause he doesn't have any gear to haul, and we'd be famous by association.
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Photo by Adam Bunch
Photo by Adam Bunch