Redetermination

by The Gravitons

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From the Wilds of the North of England come the Indie Acoustic Psychedelic sounds of The Gravitons. Redetermination is the first album from the band with songs of beauty, ugliness, hope, failure, love, loss, joy, melancholy ... and other stuff.

With slices of folk, country, rock and melodic punk along the way, The Gravitons carve a unique niche which is both familiar and original; a kind of unusual hybrid of Contemporary English Folk and West Coast American Psychedelia.

Think Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, Roy Harper, Woody Guthrie and the Byrds fuelled to excess by carbonated caffeine narcotic substitutes .. Enjoy!




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... has more surprises than a shady investment banker. Based loosely on a lively backdrop of UK/US Psychedelic Folk, ..redetermination.. is awash with classic audio imagery. Alliances are formed with the US West Coast signalling The Byrd..s jangling guitar sounds, mid-seventies Floyd reminiscent of the ..Animals.. era and I swear ..Betterway.. has some fearsome Jethro Tull overtones. It..s ultimately rare for an artist to combine so many obvious sublime influences and pull it off with such amazing results, ..redetermination.. is the continuation, maybe the next phase of a British psych/folk renaissance. -- Mojophenia

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... armed with a list of influences that rivals any other I have come across, the Gravitons are self-described as sounding (among others) like Californian and English 60s & 70s Psychedelic Folk Rock. A broad but fitting description, their sound has nuances that you can t just nail down to one genre. The name The Byrds seems to come up a lot in reference to them, however I think a more fitting name is Cass McCombs (a less electronic reliant version). That is to say, the Gravitons Psychedelic Acoustic Indie Folk Country Rock is steady and very real, the Contemporary British Folk Music that they liken themselves to is a good movement that they fit nicely into. I think I have used enough quotations in this review, as such here is something straight from my mind: The Gravitons 2009 LP Redetermination, is the album you put on mid morning, on a day that you have to do something stressful, the LP soothes you, makes you happy, and reminds you that everything is going to work out fine. --Even In The Future


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... boiled down to its basic essence, their sound is an original and challenging sub-genre all its own. The Gravitons offer up a refreshing, uplifting style on Redetermination by fully excercising their original adventurousness and shamelessly injecting large doses of McGuinn-inspired axe-work, early Floyd-ian vocal and lyrical approaches, and unexpected blasts of raucous roots rock. You'll also find smirky traces of Rufus Wainwright's cheeky humour here, snippets of Ian Anderson-inflected lyrical interplay, and more than a few tips of the axe to folks like Richard Thompson and Ry Cooder. The songs here run the gamut from the daydream opener "Maybe Tomorrow," which sonically recalls an impromptu run-in between the Finn brothers and Syd Barrett, to the sly, catchy romp of "Man With A Gun Again" and the daring, harmonica-laced cow-punk nugget "Everything I Do." "Man With Gun Again" proves the band is not only highly aware of today's edgy political/socio-economic plight, but have a firm enough grasp on it to pen a jumpy, paranoia-laced rocker that ranks right up with Buffalo Springfield and CSNY on the relevant protest song scale. "Controlled" lurks in a shadowy corner like a spurned lover or a crafty undercover agent, and "Betterway" rides a delightful, half-crazed rock n' roll groove with equally potent lyrical mastery. Tracks like "Where Is Our Song" are beautiful, brittle arrangements that hold the same subtle charms as material from groups like The Polyphonic Spree, while "Ocean Blue" could be a mid-period Donovan outtake and "You Were The Night" wafts out like a gentle reminder of hot summer evenings brimming with romantic possibilities and a chance at carnal bliss. The album eases out on the ringing, urgent keyboard riffs and impossibly catchy guitars populating the barely-a-minute long instrumental "Your Dream," a cut that speaks volumes about The Gravitons without uttering a single word. They're on a musical and spiritual journey that's starting out just as promising as those of their artistic forebears, and one day in the future it wouldn't be such a big surprise to see them linked in a direct line to Super Furry Animals, The Kinks, Roy Harper, and Barrett-era Pink Floyd. This outfit's released an amazing debut album in Redetermination, and are rapidly garnering favorable attention both in and outside of the U.K.- don't be surprised to catch 'em playing live on one of your favorite "alt-music" sources sometime soon, and if ya wanna run a bit ahead of the pack, check 'em out at www.myspace.com/thegravitons --Round the Dial

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Track Name: Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Today
Everything here is coming your way

You might be right
But you're wrong
Everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way

You meet me at sunrise
I'll meet you at noon
Everything here is coming your way

I wish I could fly
But I wear me down
Everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way


So Maybe Tomorrow
Maybe Today
Everything here is coming your way
You might be right


You might be right
(oh bring out the band)
But you're wrong
(I hear them playing a bitter serenade)
Everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way
Yeah, everything here is coming your way
Track Name: Another Mad Day
Said them in red
Said them in blue
We are sure that we know what we're doing

Said them in yellow
Said them in green
We're not sure that you know what you're doing
Now somebody lead them away

It's the same old day
They're coming to blow you away
I know you don't need it
But oh I believe it's
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day

And I'm trapped in this land
Trapped in this land
Trapped in this land
Divided by time
Ruled by the rent and the mortgage

In this endless supply
Yeah this endless supply
Yeah this endless supply
Of useless white goods
Where they're robbing you blind with their language
Now somebody lead them away

It's the same old day
They're coming to blow you away
I know you don't need it
But oh I believe it's
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day
The start of Another Mad Day
Track Name: Man With Gun Again
You could be everything you wanna be
You had no job but you had a dream
And if the dope just turns into smoke
Don't let your friend be your enemy

Oh, Man With Gun Again, and
Oh, Saying so again, and
Oh, Think you've had enough
Oh, Man With Gun Again
And we've had enough of them
Let's go

And in the middle of another day
Don't let your mind get blown away
By all the things that bother
Get in the way of what you wanna do

Oh, Man With Gun Again, and
Oh, Saying so again, and
Oh, Think you've had enough
Oh, Man With Gun Again
And we've had enough of them
Let's go
Track Name: Controlled
We're being controlled
This life is not your own
Try to redefine again

I give you the rain if you give me the sun
So cold in here I need your ray
You give back the rain and I give you the sun
So hot in here, oh sweet water, ah

We're being controlled
This life is not your own
Try to redefine again

Enter the chain, the bolt has my name
Here in the process, here again
Half way around, around the world
Canned in consumption, soaring sales, ah

1-2-3 come with me, try another allergy
Then you want, now you don't
Now you wanna dine with me
Drink your wine, down your gin
Then you wonder where you've been
Here you are, there you were
Now you want out
Down, you didn't write, you didn't read
You didn't cry, you didn't phone
You didn't try, you didn't need to say goodbye

I give you tomorrow, you give me today
I give you tomorrow, you give me today
I give you tomorrow, you give me today
So long aeroplane
Track Name: Everthing I Do
Everything I do
Just doesn't seem to do
So I hold my head up high
And I cry, cry, cry

Am I still in love with me
Are you still in love with you
So I hold my head up high
And I cry, cry, cry
Yes I hold my head up high
And I cry, cry, cry
Yes I hold my head up high
And I cry

When I look out to the sea
I wonder what will be
When the ocean is the sky
Then I sigh, sigh, sigh

As I serenade the air
Does anyone even care
So I hold my head up high
And I cry, cry, cry
Yes I hold my head up high
And I cry, cry, cry
Yes I hold my head up high
And I cry
Track Name: All I Really Want
Rhyme in everything we do and say
Why, I don't know why, perhaps you do

Yeah when you're stuck in the middle
Looking either way in
Do you know where you're going
Do you know where you've been
A reality break
A decision you make
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be

Sense, you can't explain it's just knowing
As a rule, we're ruled by emotions

Yeah when you're stuck in the middle
Looking either way in
Do you know where you're going
Do you know where you've been
A reality break
A decision you make
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be
Be where you want it to be

All I really want is you
Maybe you could want that too
Track Name: When Everthing Surrounds
When everything surrounds you

In the grey grain of your mind
When your vision is complete
Such a rare place love defines
Am I dreaming, Is this real?

When everything surrounds you
When everything surrounds you

When the daybreak is the end
And I'm dreaming a new day
Down on Wainwright Avenue
Serenading mobile reign

When everything surrounds you
When everything surrounds you
When everything surrounds you

When the daybreak is the end
Track Name: Betterway
The season, all reason
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away

Oh hatred, I'm leaving
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away to find a better way
We've got to get away

Looking like you're crazy
What we gonna do
What you gonna do about you
Looking like you're crazy
What we gonna do
What you gonna do about you

Got to get away to find a better way
You've got to get away to find a better way
You've got to get away to find a better way
You've got to get away

You've got to get away to find a better way
You've got to get away
Track Name: Where Is Our Song
Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
Some strangers intervene
To modify this from now on

Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
Somewhere in the scene
To find the strength to carry on

Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
The silence in between
To find the beauty in the song

Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
Oh, where is our song
Track Name: Ocean Blue
From the land up to the sea
Red, gold, blue and green
On the tide, wave ride

Where will this lead, yeah
Where will this lead, yeah

The sky is ocean blue
Where, the sky is ocean blue
Where, the sky is ocean blue
Yeah and the sky is ocean blue
Ocean Blue, Ocean Blue, Ocean Blue


From the sea up to the sky
A wondrous why
Hypnotized, strange delights
Where will this lead, yeah
Where will this lead, yeah

The sky is ocean blue
Yeah, the sky is ocean blue
When the sky is ocean blue
When the sky is ocean blue
Ocean Blue, Ocean Blue, Ocean Blue
Track Name: You Were The Night
Your eyes in that first glance
A split second romance
Arriving at union
Arriving at union

You were the night
To you I write

I'd never seen her
Didn't know where to begin, yeah
You were the unusual
A love that was mutual

Your eyes were light
You were the night

For you that I'm here now
For you that I'm here now
Arriving at union
Arriving at union

You were the night
To you I rise
You were the night
To you I rise
You were the night