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Grand Analog drops Modern Thunder at Drake Hotel

Submitted by on August 21, 2013 – 9:05 pmNo Comment

Warren Bray and Odario WilliamsGrand Analog dropped their new album Modern Thunder August 20 and celebrated at the Drake Hotel with a release show in front of a full house of fans.

Highly anticipated by the fans and band alike, Modern Thunder’s release was welcomed with open arms and Odario Williams, front man of Grand Analog, couldn’t be a happier emcee right now.

“I’m no longer walking around saying ‘We have an album coming out…’” said Odario. “It feels so good to finally have the album out.”

Odario and CatalistOdario WilliamsIn his own words on stage, it was like they finally just gave birth to their child, after months and months (actually, almost four years,) of working on it on the inside, it’s finally available for the world to admire and soak up on the outside.

“It’s a great relief, because the red tape is over. Once it’s all done, the papers are signed and the date is set, it’s the great exhale. It’s finally out.”

The group didn’t go on until about 10:30 p.m., but the room was filled by 9 p.m. for the opening DJ, none other than Odario’s brother Ofield, who warmed up the crowd with classic beats. The rest of the band was in the house to rub elbows and meet with fans out to show their support for the group’s third full-length release.

Opening with the lead track off the album “Lion Head,” the crowd instantly took to the front of the stage to bask in the musical ambiance that Grand Analog’s vibe brings forth. They mostly played tunes from their new album, like “Rap Sheet,” “Wild Animal Print,” and “Howl Like Wolves,” where he made everyone in the room howl along with them. But they also played classics like “I Play My Kazoo,” which fans basically look forward to at every show.

The highlight of the night was when they began to spin the latest single off the new album that they just released a video for “The Great Rhyme Dropper,” that features none other than (London) Ontario’s own Shad, who made an appearance and joined Odario on the microphones.Shad and Odario Shad and Odario1Grand Analog was headed west the very next day to Odario’s hometown of Winnipeg to do a second release show for their fans back home on August 22.

“Every Christmas, when I’m home, we sit down for dinner, and they ask ‘how’s Torrrona?’ with that tone of voice, like I left them. So going back to the hometown is a chance to let Winnipeg know how much I miss them. And play host to my boys rocking Winnipeg with me!”

The night was eventful from start to finish, with Williams bringing up random fans and supporters of the group up on stage to say a word or simply to accept a bid of gratitude and take a bow.Jon and Odario Odario with the JohnsonsA fan from Detroit was called on stage, boasting a CBC radio t-shirt, who made the trip after becoming a fan, seeing the band out west a while back. Shy on stage when Odario called him up and told a funny story about how Jon pronounced his name when he introduced himself. He was saying it sounded more like “Jaaaaaan.” He talked with me after the show about how he loved these guys from day one and had to make the trip.

From the  fan who travelled all the way from Detroit, to Oliver Johnson, the brother of Alister Johnson, aka, DJ Catalist, and even a girl there from Japan who came out for the show, Grand Analog made everyone in the room feel loved for coming out and sharing in the celebration.

Bass player for the band, Warren Bray, expressed how special it was to them that the album release was complemented with the show to celebrate.

“It was a good day, we’re all tired now. Now we’re happy to just tour and play the album for different crowds,” said Bray.

Among the rest of the highlighted success the band has been seeing lately, their drummer, TJ Garcia had married his long-time girlfriend the weekend just before these two release shows. Instead of a honeymoon, the lucky Mrs. Garcia gets to travel with TJ as he shares his two recent trophies with his fans and loved ones, a new album and his new ring he was flashing while talking to the crowd with Odario.TJ Garcia and Odario“It feels unreal man, with so much shit happening,” said Garcia, reeling after the show’s end. “At the end of the day, I’m getting to go home with my wife. We’re saving our honeymoon for after this, going to Italy and Germany soon.”

“Our whole collective being a part of it, and them getting a sense of what we’ve been working on is just amazing.”

Story and Photos by Devin Size

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