Uppers Downers Screamers & Howlers
Grande´s debut album "Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers" is out now! The album was awarded a "Spellemann" - the Norwegian equivalent of Grammy! - "Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers" is my way of cavorting with the gramophone heroes from the first half of the 20th century USA. "We Did It All", "Do What You Do!" and "Got Your Number" are inspire by dirty "negro rock" from the USA's deep south, with musicians such as Link Wray, Mickey Baker, Professor Longhair and Lightnin´ Hopkins, but also flirting with Bootsy, Clinton and Co."Rhythms Of Sin" is a dedication to Duke Ellington, Chick Webb, Gene Krupa and the guys who stomped like devils in their Battle of Bands at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom in the 20s- and 30s."The Brotherhood Killings" is ballroom nostalgia and slow dancing, the soundtrack of a film that never saw the screen. "Leather Jacket Satan" is also a sentimental tribute made for all of the men I´ve seen over a late-night snack at a gas station after a gig. I feel sorry for "Leather Jacket Satan". "Reverend Falcon" is inspired by Osvaldo Fresedo and my fascination for proud Argentinian tango. Norwegian-American reverends are common in the south of Norway proving that "Nobody can spread more darkness that those who have seen the light." "And I Was Lonely" and "Shine" are my blues tracks. I have tried to steer one towards delta blues as played by Bukka White, Son House and Robert Johnson (Shine). Johnny Guitar Watson inspired "And I Was Lonely". "Forever Brother" is a bluesy hymn based on an idea rooted in the mourning marches of the New Orleans Orchestra Eureka. The white blues-inspired guys who lived and ended their lives in fast rides in the 50s and made rock´n roll from blues and country & western are also a great influence. "The Legend of Eddie & James" is dedicated to the greatest rock guitarist of the 50s, Eddie Cochran. And all the other legends who rode like they played. I love the diversity of old American music and I have tried to embrace all the music I have discovered over the years. - Grande - Credits "Uppers, Downers, Screamers & Howlers": Music og lyrics: Grande Musicians: Grande (all guitars), Gunnar Sæter (drums), Audun Ramo (bass), Frode Hammersland (bass), Leif Korsnes (bass), Bjørn Sæther (drums), Marius Christiansen (piano), Lars Christian Folkvord (bass), Tomas Pettersen (drums), Kåre Andre Djupesland (piano) and Thom Hell (piano). Recorded at: Juke Joint, Notodden, Norway (Track 1,2,4,5,6,9,10,11), Duper Studio, Bergen, Norway (Track 8), Sunflower, Oslo, Norway (Track 7), Tangen, Kristiansand, Norway (Track 3). Mixed og produced by: See booklet. Mastered by: Chris Sansom, Oslo.