Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grand Prize Winners: over the top and under arrest

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

  • Photo by Studio 8
Despite the long band name, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year don’t take too long to get a party started, and the indie dance rock/hip-hop ensemble will surely bring it tonight at Smith’s. After spending the past year touring non-stop, GPWFLY are back in Atlanta showing off a rousing new single, called “Electric Blue.”

The new song is GPWFLY ‘s first release since their charismatic 2009 album, The Last Night of the Earth Poems. The concept stems from combining both raw and synthetic sounds. “We attempted to make a retro post-punk style song with heavy pushing synths,” explains guitarist/vocalist, Believe. “As fans of bands like New Order and Tubeway Army we are big supporters of the new digital direction of music. But on the other hand, we are still big fans of the analogue age as well, so right now we’re trying to fuse the two worlds into something new and fresh hence ‘Electric Blue’.”

The video for “Electric Blue,” shot by Studio8 Atlanta, privately premiered at SXSW last month, but will see a worldwide release on April 15. Word is, the entire band got arrested after a show in South Carolina, where it’s apparently illegal to run down the street in your underwear. They found themselves surrounded by TV cameras and reporters upon being released from jail. For Believe, the big fuss in SC was a mystery, “I do it all the time in ATL,” he adds. “Who knew?”

Keep an eye out for a new GPWFLY full-length this summer.

"Electric Blue"

Grand Prize Winners From Last Year play Smith’s Olde Bar, Thursday, April 7 with Planet Rock and The Sneaky Hand. $10 (adv.) 9pm. 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522.

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