Grand Incredible

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At a Glance … except for the self-indulgent fandom of the album's middle, this is a very fun and thought-provoking rock album from two members of The Supertones that ranks with their best work.

What a pleasant surprise to discover that Grand Incredible is a new band of old friends. It's actually a side project by two of The O.C. Supertones, sans the horns and Tony Terusa's bass. Lead vocalist Matt "Mojo" Morginsky picks up the bass, and guitarist Ethan Luck fills in on drums and backing vocals as well—a cleverly doctored photo in the liner notes shows the duo playing as a foursome, as though Matt and Ethan had cloned themselves. Co-produced by the great Aaron Sprinkle (does this guy ever not produce these days?), G.I.gantic has a stripped-down, indie sound to it … and it works in the album's favor. It's described in the press materials as punk rock, but it's really classic new wave punk rock reminiscent of Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Clash, Squeeze, and Joe Jackson. It's also pretty similar to Hi-Fi Revival, the most recent Supertones disc, only without the horns.

While the album is stylistically similar to Hi-Fi Revival, it's also a little more varied sounding. By removing the horns and relying more heavily on the guitar and rhythm section, Grand Incredible sounds that much more like the classic bands that inspired them in the first place. The majority of the music is irresistibly catchy classic rock from the late '70s and early '80s, slowing only for a handful of tracks. The romantic 6/8-time rock ballad "Right Time" is a prayer to the Lord for patience in waiting for a soul mate. "Corner of the Sky," a gentle and lonely expression of homesickness, sounds more like Lost Dogs than The Supertones, and "Forgiveness Again" bears resemblance to the folksy California rock of The Eagles or Jackson Browne.