The Grates Coming To American Record Stores and Music Venues
The 13-song album was produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, The National) at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut and features guest appearances by Kori Gardner of Mates of State (vocals on "Milk Eyes") and Tim Fite (vocals on "Not Today"). On this album, the follow up to their 2006 Interscope Records debut, Gravity Won't Get You High, The Grates have brought a depth and density to the songwriting - the lyrics are raw and poignant and the sonics more biting and aggressive.
"If Teeth Lost, Hearts Won was a beast, I imagine it'd be like something from Where The Wild Things Are," lead singer and front woman Patience says. "They're big and scary, but they've also got this sensitivity, and pick up the little kid and protect him." Drummer Alana adds, "Or maybe like the griffin In Alice In Wonderland. He's like a lion and eagle together, but a really gentle creature."
In Australia, The Grates have played numerous sold out headline tours, played major festivals such as Big Day Out, Homebake, Falls Festival, Southbound and stole the show at Splendour In The Grass. Gravity Won't Get You High has gone Gold in Australia while Teeth Lost, Hearts Won is well on its way to Gold status as well.
The American record release follows a highly successful trip to the U.S. for the SXSW Music Festival in March. While in Austin, the band played five buzzed about shows in four days and gained a massive amount of recognition for their highly energetic performances. USA Today named the band one of ten favorite performances of the festival, stating "Lead singer Patience Hodgson blew me away with her enthusiasm ... a hardcore fan suddenly appeared, dressed in a leotard, and joined her for a spontaneous dance ... these are the SXSW moments you dream of." The Los Angeles Times added, "The Grates are a group that are impossible not to smile with (they) will no doubt soon be laughing their way to the bank, for if the world embraced the Ting Tings last year, Patience & Co. are sure to be everyone's new darlings any day now." The Austin Chronicle said of the album, "Full marks go to Aussie trio The Grates for not over thinking things and executing them almost flawlessly on new LP Teeth Lost, Hearts Won. When you rock with that kind of abandon, wearing a batgirl costume onstage works." The highly successful trip was capped off with multiple sold out shows in New York and Los Angeles.
The band has relocated to Brooklyn, NY in order to make American touring easier and has since played a residency at Piano's on the Lower East Side in July. They also made an appearance at the Hillside Festival in Guelph, ON July 24-26th and will play the 2009 Monolith Music Festival, held at Red Rocks on September
13th (with the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Phoenix, Girl Talk, M Ward, Of Montreal and many more). In addition, they have also confirmed club dates through September and October.
Teeth Lost, Hearts Won Track Listing:
1. Bum Bridges
2. Carve Your Name
3. The Fun In Every Start
4. Two Kinds of Right
5. Aw Yeah
6. Milk Eyes
7. The Sum of Every Part
8. Storms and Fevers
10. Not Today
11. When You're Scared of Dogs
12. Let It Die
13. The Biggest and Longest Adventure Ever
The Grates Live
9/4 New York, NY The Mercury Lounge with Tiger City
9/13 Morrison, CO/Red Rocks The Monolith Music Festival
9/18 Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room with Most Serene Republic
9/19 Los Angeles, CA - Silverlake Lounge with Most Serene Republic
10/8 Little Rock, AR - White Water Tavern with Those Darlins
10/9 Norman, OK - The Opolis with Those Darlins
10/10 Lawrence, KS - Jackpot Music Hall with Those Darlins
10/14 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court with Those Darlins
10/16 Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern with Those Darlins
10/18 Eugene, OR Sam Bonds Garage with Those Darlins
10/20 San Francisco, CA The Rickshaw Stop with Those Darlins
10/27 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad with Those Darlins
10/29 Dallas, TX The Cavern with Those Darlins
10/30 Austin, TX The Continental Club with Those Darlins
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