The 70s are alive and well in Grand Canyon's world, though things aren't necessarily as they should be. The Los Angeles-based band draws plenty of inspiration from their forebears, but on "Standing in the Shadows" they face the 21st century with clear eyes and not a hint of nostalgia.
"Joe: "The song is about the times we live in and a message of hope. All the confusion, all the uncertainty, at the end of the day you'll be standing with the one you love and things will be alright," writes guitarist Joe Guese.
Casey Shea adds, "It was one of the first songs we wrote together. We had just seen this BBC documentary called “HyperNormalisation” which, if you’re conspiracy-minded at all, will leave you questioning just about everything. That led me to re-reading 1984, so there was a good month there where I was in an even higher paranoid state than normal….which is already pretty high, ha!"
However, the band seems to have taken it in stride. "We started joking about starting a new genre - Paranoia Rock - and this sort of came out of that," Shea continued. "We started writing with this sort of turn on, tune in, drop out mentality…like this whole thing is a sham and it’s gonna all gonna come crumbling down. The only thing that matters is you and me, and we’re gonna be ok cause we’re running for the hills and will be totally unplugged when it all goes down. And just like that, Paranoia Rock was born…"
That being said, the rest of the band's album, Grand Canyon, is a good time with plenty of fuzz and tasty hooks. You can learn more about Grand Canyon here.
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