«To Chile now for some heavy, sixties and seventies influenced hard rock.
It’s quite a wide ranging sound taking in everything from garage rock through to near metal and quite frankly, if your cockles aren’t warmed by a song called ‘Bang Bang, The Headbang’ then you are dead to me.
Considering it’s self recorded in their rehearsal space it sounds very professional with only the drum sound lacking (technical term alert) oomph. The guitars have a splendid fuzzy sound to them and they bring their own percussive sound, courtesy of Javier Tapia, to a lot of the songs which really liven up the arrangements. Singer Cristóbal Pacheco has a strong voice and when they sometimes spin off into a Sabbath meets Santana jam band vibe they really lift the roof. Throw in some crazed Vincent Crane style keys from Pablo Saveedra and I’m a very happy man.
There are some really strong songs here and, hopefully, they can start to make some waves. A good one.»
This Sunday we will launch new material exclusively on iRock!
Do not miss our first Lyric Video made for the track «Bang Bang The Head Bang» part of our debut album «In The Station» available today on all Streaming platforms (Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp, iTunes, etc.)
«The garage rock band Gran Reunion will release its most recent audiovisual work: A lyric video of the single «Bang Bang The Headbang» from its latest album «In The Station», record that has had positive reviews in prominent national and international media. The broadcast will be made exclusively through the fanpage page of iRock, this Sunday, June 16 at 9:00 p.m.
In addition, to celebrate this launch, the legendary Bar de René will receive them on Wednesday, June 19 at 9:00 pm with the alternative rock of the band Domo (former members of Caudal / Pistola), with whom they will deliver an energetic show.
Grand Reunion is characterized by an interesting amalgam of influences: psychedelia, classic sounds of the 60s-70s and its Afro-Latin rhythms stamp in charge of the percussions, giving way to an interesting sound.»
News and Release on exclusively on iRock!
2 Mayo 2019: Triboulet + Afterglow + Grand Reunion @ Batuta, Ñuñoa, Santiago de Chile.
25 Mayo 2019: Sabbath Age + Drink Inc. + Bloody Engine + Grand Reunion @ Rock & Guitarras, Ñuñoa, Santiago de Chile.
19 Junio 2019: Domo + Grand Reunion @ Bar de René, Providencia, Santiago de Chile.
4 Julio 2019: Sonidos Ocultos Piscodelia Vol.3: Gusano De Troya + Grand Reunion @ MiBar, Providencia, Santiago de Chile.
22 Agosto 2019: Grand Reunion + Banda Invitada @ MiBar, Providencia, Santiago de Chile.
22 Octubre 2019: Grand Reunion + Banda Invitada @ Bar de René, Providencia, Santiago de Chile.
«In The Station, an LP WITH 8 songs in English and Spanish that talk about feelings and peculiar situations, forming a universe of its own, a somewhat mystical, in which strange female characters, encounters with extraterrestrial entities, ritual sacrifices and Ancestral beliefs. In General we talk about powerful rock, close to the hard rock of the 70, although with psychedelic passages, outbursts and a personal touch of afrolatin rhythms.»
«In The Station is the debut album by the Chilean band Grand Reunion. You won’t find many progressive clichés here. In fact, you may not consider this to be a progressive rock album. But who cares, when you have a bunch of good songs? The band says that ‘experience and friendship’ are the source that gives life to Grand Reunion, and after hearing this album, I am sure that is true, because you can feel that chemistry that you can only feel in a debut album. You know what I’m talking about: no over-production, a garage sound, like a live album, but a real retro-rock sound from the rehearsal room.
The music in this album is full of energetic, noisy and fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll in the seventies vibe, including organs and some Latino percussion lines (great use of bongos). I haven’t listened to the classics of the 70s but I really like the band Black Mountain, and the Grand Reunion sound could be something similar but maybe without the indie punch.
In The Station has eight songs, four of them sung in Spanish and four in English. From the very begging of Eres Tan Serpiente, the listener can recognise the influences from the stoner, blues-infused rock, and heavy-psyche genres as well as that Black Mountain sound that I mentioned. For the second song, they use some spoken words about the universe, and cosmic sounds, before the song begins with great guitars and a captivating tempo. The title track follows, and this is the first sung in English and was chosen to be the first video single (watch it on the video link below). There is great percussion for this track, alongside some impressive guitar playing.
Bang Bang the Headband could be the perfect description of Grand Reunion’s sound. It has all the elements mentioned in the previous songs and in the next songs too. Almost eight minutes of great playing, lovely vocals and captivating rhythms. This is my favourite track.
Unfortunately it is follwed by Sombra del Terror, the only song on the album that I don’t like. I tend to treat its heavier sound and rhythm, with some dramatic voices, as an interlude for the last part of the album, which is great.
Drivasse, again in Spanish, starts slowly but grows through a pop rhythm, to a great guitar fuzzing at the end. Weedow starts with some kind of reggae sounds before progressing to a grand finalé including great choruses. It´s Alright closes the album in a softer and effective way.
So, you won’t find here the next big thing in progressive music, but if you like great songs that progress to great finalés, then this is your album. It’s growing on me with each listen, because the music is sincere, and I can feel that. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Grand Reunion do in the future.»
«In the Station doesn’t seem like anything too fancy at first. It’s produced cleanly, but not in any kind of overblown fashion, and Grand Reunion‘s songwriting is so solid that, especially the first time through their eight-track debut LP, it’s easy to say, “Okay, that’s another cool hook,” and not notice subtleties like when the organs turn to keyboard synth between opener “Eres Tan Serpiente” and second cut “Gordon Shumway,” or to miss the Latin percussion that Javier Tapia adds to Manuel Yañez‘s drumming, or the ways that guitarist Christian Spencer, keyboardist Pablo Saavedra, bassist Mario Rodríguez and Javier Tapia work to complement guitarist Cristóbal Pacheco on vocals. But all of that is happening, and as they make their way toward and through the eight-minute fuzzer “Bang Bang the Headbang,” through the soaring “Weedow” and into the acoustic-led closer “It’s Alright,” the character and maturity in Grand Reunion‘s songwriting shows itself more and more, inviting multiple listens in the most natural fashion possible: by making you want to hear it again.»
By JJ Koczan (The Obelisk).
We could not be happier on a day like this, because we were played again on the Doomed & Stoned Show, this time with our only and mighty «Weedow» song on their 13th episode of the fourth season, hosted by the maestros Billy Goate and Bucky Brown presenting Grand Reunion among bands like Clutch, High on Fire, Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Conan, King Buffalo, Windhand and so many others from the October Doom Charts!
We are so glad to be present in the October Doom Charts with our debut album, alongside such good bands that we admire like Clutch, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, among many!
«The rock and roll flavors are immersed in psychedelic fuzz, drenched in southern comfort and hopped up with heavy hitting hooks. In The Station gets better with each listen and one to keep your ears on. Countless influences including Blue Cheer, Deep Purple, Jefferson Airplane, Graveyard, Blues Pills, and Grand Funk Railroad combine to create a uniquely heavy album with modern underground appeal.
What really impresses me on repeat listens is how the tribal bongo drum sounds are so loud and so intoxicating. Something you don’t hear enough of in the genre and they really make the whole thing work and work well. TURN IT UP LOUD!»