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Grace - Taking a Detours to greatness?


Feature by Jack Foley

JP JONES (vocals) Sam Swallow (keyboards) Ben Lumsden (bass) and Chris Hutchings (drums) formed Grace as music and arts students in 2002, beginning their early musical career playing down tempo acoustic gigs in London’s Portobello Road.

Initially called Morocco, the band regrouped as Grace with guitarist James Hayto in 2005 and began serious gigging, embracing a much bigger, brighter rock sound spiralling industry buzz around sell out shows in the west end.

The band recorded their forthcoming album Detours – due out this summer – with Doves/New Order producer Steve Osborne last year.

It was mixed in New York by renowned rock master Michael Brauer, whose eclectic credits also include Manic Street Preachers, Athlete and the Kooks.

Detours displays a comprehensive grasp of classic British rock influences – from Muse, Coldplay and Snow Patrol – but manages to filter them together to create a distinct sound for Grace themselves.

It includes last year’s indie buzz single Stand Still, which attracted radio support from Jo Whiley and Zane Lowe at Radio 1, Dermot O’Leary at Radio 2, XFM and Virgin Radio Xtreme, as well as a prominent placing in The Times Top 40 singles of 2006.

Follow up single Wonderful provided an equally high spirited assault and with its irresistible uptempo lead building in to an uplifting chorus at a relentless pace, one listen had many people hooked.

It’s little wonder, then, that Detours is being tipped to set Grace on the way to big things…