“Grand National’s sound, which dusts groove-dusted rock with clever samples and a dash of pre-”Synchronicity” Police, seems primed for embracing by North American audiences.” – Billboard
New York - Recall Records is pleased to announce the highly anticipated release of Grand National’s sophomore album A Drink And A Quick Decision. The album will be released in a unique fan-friendly platform format with the digital version available on June 18th and a deluxe CD version available on September 10th. The deluxe CD package will feature bonus tracks and remixes not available on the digital release.
With A Drink And A Quick Decision, Grand National (AKA Rupert Lyddon and Lawrence “La” Rudd) have actually improved upon the masterpiece that was their debut release Kicking The National Habit. The band’s debut release drew a cult following around the world and received some of the most positive press imaginable for a new act. In the US respected magazines like Spin, Entertainment Weekly, Blender, CMJ, Big Shot, BPM, Remix and URB all spoke highly of band. Grand National was also one of the featured acts on he cover of Billboard Magazine’s 2006 SXSW special. In the UK, Grand National sparked a similar reaction in the press with stellar reviews in NME, Jockey Slut, Q, Mojo, Uncut and The Guardian, among others.
So, how does one top an album that’s received positive attention from some of the world’s finest music magazines? For Grand National, it’s all about A Drink And A Quick Decision. There’s a darker more obviously electro sound on some tracks, which may well lead to more Depeche Mode comparisons when the reviewers get their pens out. Others have an even more live instrumental sound than the songs of ‘KTNH’, perhaps influenced by the Grand National live shows that have evolved since the debut.
The album is lead by the single “By The Time I Get Home There Won't Be Much Of A Place For Me,” a track destined for the radio but cool enough to get the hippest feet tapping along. Other standouts include the hopelessly beautiful “Joker And Clown,” “Reason To Hide In,” “Animal Sounds,” and the dark and brooding “Cut By The Brakes,” among others. Fan’s of the classic UK pop rock sound from the 80’s and 90’s will find A Drink And A Quick Decision to be the album they’ve long been waiting (impatiently) for.
Embracing both the digital age and their fans wishes alike, Grand National and Recall Records have boldly decided to make A Drink And A Quick Decision available online a full three months before the physical product ships to stores and online retailers. This allows Grand National to get their music to the fans immediately and without having to wait for a physical release. However, those itching for a top-notch package will want to pick up the deluxe CD release in September featuring beautiful artwork, bonus tracks, remixes and additional multimedia.
On the live front, Grand National’s 6-piece band drew praise from both critics and fans during several sold out U.S. shows in support of Kicking The National Habit. While previous stops were limited to New York, Los Angeles and SXSW, Grand National promises to bring their magic stateside for an extensive tour around the release of A Drink And A Quick Decision.