Proof of Concept EP on pre-order on bandcamp

It's finally happening!

Following the one-track Pirate Session demo and the well-received release of three singles, we are finally releasing our long awaited debut EP Proof of Concept, much to the excitement of ourselves and our fans.

The album will be out on the 29th of October and released in digital and digipack. Preorder it on Bandcamp

The album was recorderd between August 2017 and December 2017 using different studios in London and Italy.

Proof of Concept contains four new unreleased song alongside the previously release singles Taranto Train to Toronto Town, Behind the Blinds and Address Unknown

Tracklist

  1. Behind the Blinds
  2. The Glitch
  3. Taranto Train to Toronto Town
  4. The Other Side
  5. She (Has a Plan)
  6. Address Unknown
  7. Oxygen

Credits

All song by Gramma Vedetta

Mixed and mastered in Spain by Guillermo 'Will' Maya except "Oxygen" mixed and mastered by Dan

Artwork by Gramma Vedetta

Photos by Alicedionis


In the press - June 18

Hello there,

If you landed on this page probably you're interested in music. Especially our music. Or maybe you just clicked a link by mistake.

Whatever the weather, the following sentence has been written only with the purpose of make this blog post indexed better. Don't be shy and discover The 10 secrets to boost your band presence online and build your fan base.

Ok, going back on track. Things are starting moving.

We are very glad every time someone shows interest in our band, either asking for an interview or including one of our song in their playlist.

Gramma Vedetta world domination is starting with the right foot.

Said so, the following is a collection of what has been said on the internet about Gramma Vedetta during the few last months.

Interviews

Dan's interview on XsRock
Gramma favourite things on Glacially Musical
Gramma on Pete's rock news and views.
Gramma on Nine Circles

Reviews

Third Eye Cinema Our first Review ever (This is a looooong page so press CTRL+F and then type Gramma)
Metalzone.gr (Greek Language)

Playlists

Playlistobscura with Behind the Blinds
Playlistobscura with Address Unknown

The Shrieks from below
https://theshrieksfrombelow.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-shrieks-from-below-podcast-show.html (Address Unknown Ep. 105)

The Sludgelord
https://thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2018/06/track-premiere-gramma-vedetta-deliver.html (Address Uknown premiere)

Fuzz Heavy
http://www.fuzzheavy.com/podcast/fuzzheavy-podcast-episode-108-new-release-friday/ (Behind the Blinds first play )

 

Last but not least, thanks to Curtis Dewar of Dewar PR for the good job done!

Please contact us if you find other content that we missed.

 

Gramma Vedetta

 


New single: Address Unknown

We're going to release a new single on the 15th of June. We're very proud of this piece 'cause it's a great example of Gramma Vedetta teamwork.
It has been written just a couple of weeks before entering the studio to record it.

We've built Address Unknown starting from a bluesy jam over two alternating chords while our zoom recorder was capturing everything we were playing.

Thanks to the drop C tuning  and the Big Muff most of the guitar parts have Down/Corrosion of Conformity flavour, the bass seems having Geezer Butler and John Paul Jones as Godfathers and a sober Ozzy Osbourne echoes in the vocal lines.

The lyrics are in first person. There's someone trying to heal someone else's mind. A mind that is too messy that catches the listener in a vortex of bad thoughts. This is what we painted in the instrumental section.

The Cover

While thinking about the cover art for this single, Dan was impressed by the works of Terry Palamara . She's a London based prolific author of collages and painting and a professional working on the video industry.

One of her works was reflecting exactly the feeling expressed by the sounds and lyrics of Address Unknown. It's beautiful, it's gloomy, it's damaged.

Thanks to let us using your work!

Terry Palamara - Untitled

The Lyrics

Address Unknown

I want to talk to you.
I need to talk to you.
I know about your secret.

Tell me, what’s the deal?
You seem trapped between wheels..
and there’s no chance for you to leave

You should reset your brain
And focus on your dreams
I’m sure you’ll be fine again.

No one put a spell on you
You just let things go out of hands.
I’m happy to be here to give you help

You’ve got everything but you lost yourself
Don’t feel ashamed to cry for help

Do you want to defuse my brain? I'll give you this warning:
Avoid any short circuit, I’m triggered this morning.

Behind the scene footage.


Who's hiding Behind the Blinds

This second single, "Behind the Blinds" is quite different in structure and sound from the previous one "Taranto Train to Toronto Town".

We really enjoyed writing and arranging it and its a pleasure playing it on our shows.

Dan wrote "Behind the Blinds"  as an acoustic blues. (N.d.a: The original title was Gramma Vedetta - the band didn't existed yet - but then we changed to Behind the Blinds because having a song with the same name of the band is too lame ).

This explains why the verses and the chorus melodies can be sung while taking a shower.

We jammed a lot around the original version and what we've got is a solid song  built on heavy blues riffs and some prog time signature (Rush anyone?). The song still maintain the original bluesy groove.

The guitar solo, which is one of the two contained in the whole set of song we recorded, is split in two parts: the first one is a psychedelic trip where two guitars on acid fights on each side of the stereo image, supported by an odd signature bass and drum groove.

The second part of the solo is a tribute to Alex Lifeson and Jimmy Page, both in the choice of notes and in the guitar sound. A classic rock solo introducing the third and final chorus.

Yes, thanks, but what are the lyrics about?

This is a controversial topic among the band, but it looks like Dan wrote about some sort of big brother (or better big sister).  From the lyrics we understand that the differences from 1984 character is that the main character of "Behind the Blinds" is a benevolent entity.

Dan doesn't give us more details about the song, which leave space for interpretation.

Who do you think is hiding Behind the Blinds?

Behind the Blinds

Scanning the alleys, from dusk till dawn.
Searching the crowd, for the weak and the strong.
All your friends.. ran away
Are you stronger? Are you brave?

Critical, behind the blinds.
She spreads news and memories.
She is lyrical.
The gramophone plays beloved songs to feed her soul.

Collecting information through a thousands eyes
At her workstations, behind the blinds.
You will fall at her will.
She will be the one to set you free, yeah.

Critical, behind the blinds.
She spreads news and memories.
She is lyrical.
The gramophone plays beloved songs to feed her soul.
To give you love.

 


All aboard the Taranto Train

This is the most tongue twister song title ever. But how this song has been built? Here's what happened.

First, Music!

We wrote the music of Taranto Train to Toronto Town starting from bass riff Basetta came up with. The guitar parts have been built around the line with some balcanic scales added on top on to give homage to Valadis’ country of origin, 

The bass solo parts sounded so Faith No More that we decided to leave the guitar arrangement to a minimum. No guitar solo pls!

After listening to the first draft, our comment was: “This song sounds like a train that is about to hit you!

Here, The Lyrics!

During one of my regular ‘beer nights’ with friends, I’ve found funny that one of them was born in Taranto, while another one in Toronto. You can write them easily replacing the vowels, but what about pronouncing them?

I can assure u that trying to make an Italian pronounce Toronto with a Canadian accent, and a Canadian pronounce Taranto with an Italian accent is a nightmare.

And it was.

Told this story to my wife while listening the rehearsal recording, she pointed out: "This song sounds is like a Train from Taranto to Toronto."

Problem solved!

Dan

Taranto Train to Toronto Town

Barcelona, Villamassargia
Cortoghiana, Genna Gonnesa
Non-stop train to Toronto town
Taranto train to Toronto town

I don’t care what you say
I don’t care

Barcelona, Villamassargia
Cortoghiana,Genna Gonnesa
Non-stop train to Toronto town
Taranto train to Toronto town

I don’t care what you say
I don’t care


How We Entered The Other Side (And Pirates Studio too)

After few months gigging in London and polishing our songs on and off stage, on May 2017 we decided to book few hours of Pirate Studios in Earlsfield.

With 4 microphones, a Focusrite and a Macbook we recorded some early versions for 'internal 'use. But then we found that the recording had a pretty good quality so we decided to do a post-production on one of the song to be release as an 'Hello World' song. 

After a couple of days spent on Logic Pro, Dan was able to deliver the song  The Other Side (Pirate Session). Now available on Spotify, iTunes, Google play
Even not being a super production,  it quite nails Gramma Vedetta overall raw sound.

What do you think?