Constellations

Grand Atlantic have proved they know how to balance psychedelia with ballsy rock hooks.
Matt Coyte, Rolling Stone – 4 Stars

Brisbane modern rock band Grand Atlantic is back with their third offering, following the acclaimed 2009 effort “How We Survive”. “Constellations” has a darker, more solemn atmosphere to it in general, perhaps due to the fact that the album was recorded in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. Par for the course, Phil Usher unleashes some head bobbing riffs and has a smoky rasp that makes the music sizzle with excitement. The songs are powerful and exert a more prominent dose of psychedelic rock this time around, but I don’t feel that the melodic hooks are as sharp. Standout tracks include the epic opener, “Searchlights”, the engaging “Carved From Stone”, and the energetic blues of the first single, “Fresh Ideas In Home Security”. If you like Oasis, Jet, or Kings of Leon, be sure to check out Grand Atlantic. – Now This ROCKS

For their third album Constellations, Grand Atlantic departed Brisbane for Flying Nun country, aka Dunedin, New Zealand. However, listeners shouldn’t expect to confuse this album with the crisp, classic indie pop of your Bats, Chills etc. Rather, the record takes their guitar pop craftsmanship and gives it a moodier, darker edge. Suitably enough given its name, the lengthy title track brings in space-rock elements, while lead single Poison To The Vine swings with a Stems-like garage abandon. With its hulking Oasis-esque drumbeat, Little Traps has hints of shoegaze and classic Britpop, and lovers of that classic pop melody / swirling guitar combination should not go past opening track Searchlights. The record as a whole showcases a subtle evolution in mainman Phil Usher’s songwriting though he delivers these headier tunes with his usual gravelly assurance. While some tracks convince more than others (I’d take the shake-your-moneymaker riff rock of Central Station Blues over the twangin’ balladry of Voyager, for instance), there’s not a genuinely duff moment on the record. These songs would simply cook live.
3.5 Stars – Matt Thrower, RAVE

How We Survive

This is melody-dripping guitar pop at it’s finest.
Paul Smith, Sydney Morning Herald

Bands from The Church to the Dandy Warhols have done the ’60s-through-a-psychedelic-haze thing very well but, in 2009, you won’t hear many doing it with the verve and focus – and the sweaty energy – of Grand Atlantic
Noel Mengel, Courier Mail – 4.5 stars

With shimmering guitars that give way to seductive melodies.. enthralling and stunning new album
PowerPop Overdose

Grand Atlantic’s second full-length album is a fairly chock-full plate of pop rock, with big sounds, singalong hooks and catchy melodies… How We Survive is a masterfully crafted record.
Time Off Magazine

This is the excellent album Oasis should have done after What’s the Story Morning Glory but didn’t
Lucid Culture, USA

A joyride of dense, churning guitars that sounds like Primal Scream getting Spiritualized!–
L.A. Times 

“How We Survive” is out to impress and Grand Atlantic is taking no prisoners. Uncompromising in songwriting quality and recording expertise (the record was mixed by Magoo, whose clientele include Midnight Oil and Powderfinger). Sonically, “How We Survive” sounds terrific. More important, many of the songs also sound terrific, well-written and harboring to-the-point melodies that aim to grab you quick.
Now This ROCKS!

This Is Grand Atlantic

The band’s execution is flawless and their ambition an dpassion is incredibly eveident, however it’s the songwriting and neat construction of each and every song that burns brightest.  This Is Grand Atlantic is an incredibly satisfying listen
Time Off

Grand Atlantic’s This Is… is an outstanding album that comes off as an inspired, competent piece of work that would probably sit pretty comfortably on the shelves alongside the likes of the Posies, Big Star and Sloan.
The Poor Ditching Boy

This is Grand Atlantic is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year and one of the best productions. That Grand Atlantic achieved it without lashings of record company dollars or outside assistance is a triumph of perseverance, self-­‐belief and, most importantly, talent. You shouldn’t listen to Grand Atlantic because they are a Brisbane band worthy of attention. Listen to ‘em because they are great.
Noel Mengel – Courier Mail

With an orchestral magnificence not heard since Brian Wilson’s Smile and a brashness not heard since the earlier albums of Oasis, I present to you Grand Atlantic. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia -­‐ and lead by Phil Usher’s gritty vocals, Grand Atlantic is everything a power pop fan could want and bands like Travis or Coldplay wish they could become. It starts off with the dramatic piano melody in “Prelude” and fades into the blistering single “Coolite” -­‐ the type of great song only Oasis used to be able to pull off. The album continues with tastey guitar riffs in “Smokle and Mirrors” a great single and my favorite tune on the CD. Things get a little trippy on the Beatles’ “Rain” inspired track “Chaos Theory” and then with the next track “Wonderful Tragedy” resembles a classic SuperDrag track with a touch of Beach Boys “Pet Sounds.” Another gem is the low key “Slappin’ On The Cuffs” that often recalls classic Teenage Fanclub a little bit. The group does an excellent job of using the best elements of classic 60s pop and creating something new and catchy, like the horn flourishes in “Burning Brighter.” Another band that draws similar comparison here is The New Pornographers, and every track here is impressive. Even the last track “Peace be with you” is awesome, using french horn, harpsichord, sleigh bells, wood blocks, hand claps, timpani, cymbals, tambourine, string quartet, and everything short of the kitchen sink! The Beach Boys-­‐like coda at the end of the album is not to be missed either. Bottom line, this is an amazingly great album and deserves much acclaim. On my top ten for 2007, most definitely.
9/10 – PowerPopAholic.com 

Smoke and Mirrors (EP)

This is a band which has assimilated all there is worth knowing in the world of orchestral pop and bends that knowledge to their own will.
Noel Mengel, Courier Mail – 4 Stars

Brace yourselves Brisbane, we potentially have new international rock stars on our hands.-
Time Off