SEBASTIEN GRAINGER American Names/Ways To Come Home (Outside) Rating: NNNN
Sebastien Grainger had us worried there for a while - those sporadic appearances at his favourite haunt on Ossington, where he showed up guitar in hand to stand solo onstage and play songs even he didn't seem convinced of. It felt like this went on forever, leaving us to wonder exactly how much creative damage the breakup of DFA 1979 had done to him. Those wonky solo sets were eventually displaced by Grainger's ripping new backing band, les Montagnes, and we finally have light at the end of tunnel, and an extremely bright one at that.
This 7-inch taste of his fall-slated debut soars on the A-side with a masterfully crafted pop rock assault, heavy on organ and rumbling with Nick Sewell's bass. The flip side is a bit more dialed-down at first but builds to an explosive guitar blast near the end. If this wax slab (also available digitally) is any indication, the full-length is gonna murder us.