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More InformationThe incredible new album from The Grates, featuring the single Turn Me On.
Over the past 18 months, The Grates dug deep into their adopted home of the Big Apple. Establishing the routines, methods and procedures that would become their “Secret Rituals”, they set to work on their third album. It was a challenging but rewarding period for the band – facing change and embracing a different perspective and writing style.
After five years of touring the world with their first two critically acclaimed albums, The Grates decided to take a different approach to their new record. Frontwoman Patience Hodgson and guitarist John Patterson moved to Brooklyn and waited for inspiration to strike. For nearly a year. Woody Allen lied; their muse was not waiting for them with ‘The Grates’ written on a piece of cardboard at JFK airport. So they rode their bikes through New York blizzards, ate too much Mexican, joined a food co-op to stalk Entourage star Adrian Greiner and longed for New York to give them an album.
Slowly, new routines emerged, and through them new songs and a new type of songwriting. Once those little life ceremonies were in place, the band quickly found they were ready to tackle the album. Living in a new city wasn’t the only challenge that The Grates had to face. When original drummer Alana Skyring left the band to pursue a career in culinary arts, Patience and John found the shift to a sleeker line-up turned out to be a pivotal point in the band’s development. The addition of bass guitar on the record for the first time further allowed the band the necessary space to focus on their songwriting. And it certainly shows.
‘Secret Rituals’ is a giant step forward for The Grates. There are still the infectious choruses, cheeky singalongs, and artfully addictive arrangements that characterised the band’s first two albums, but nobody could accuse The Grates of being ‘cute’ any longer. The band’s latest effort is broader and tougher in scope, more stripped back and bold. While a common thread links the record together, marking an album that is unmistakably The Grates, the individual tracks explore new depths.
Once they emerged blinking from the writing studio with the new baby, The Grates recruited Brooklyn-based drummer Ben Marshall to add his magic on the record, and finally filled out the cast with bassist and producer Gus van Go and his production partner Werner F to help with production duties. With all the ingredients for “Secret Rituals” in place they took it to John O’Mahoney (Metric, Coldplay, The Living End) at Electric Lady Studios, New York, a hallowed place that has seen everyone from Chuck Berry to Jay-Z perfect their masterpieces.
Listening to the finished product, you can understand what The Grates discovered making it. That it is the secret rituals of everyday that inspire us, the way we live our lives. The things that happen as we eat dinner, struggle home through a storm, what goes on behind bedroom doors, inside rehearsal studios; all of it feeds the soul. Whatever rites of passage The Grates invented, they worked. Secret Rituals is as worldly and cool as the town it was written in, while steeped in sweet nostalgia for the band’s hometown roots.
1. Turn Me On $1.65 Buy MP3
2. Sweet Dreams $1.65 Buy MP3
3. Like You Could Have It All $1.65 Buy MP3
4. Change $1.65 Buy MP3
5. Crying All Night $1.65 Buy MP3
6. Welcome To The Middle $1.65 Buy MP3
7. The Night Won't Start Without Us $1.65 Buy MP3
8. Young Pricks $1.65 Buy MP3
9. Borrowed Skin $1.65 Buy MP3
10. With You $1.65 Buy MP3
11. Moving On $1.65 Buy MP3