Grand Prix: Terraplane Twilight
By Simon Sweetman
Despite changes in line up this third album from Wellington's Grand Prix shows them continuing to improve with age. A decade, or thereabouts, into their career, Grand Prix have gone from strength to strength as first a guitar-pop band and now, more overtly, an alt-country group with oodles of indie-cool charm. Andrew McKenzie's thunderous baritone continues to draw comparison with Nick Cave - and rightly so - and Davey Geard (drums) showcases a variety of styles, whether subverting the Phil Spector wall-of-sound rhythmic groove, offering Latin spice or straight ahead rock'n'roll four-on-the-floor boom-bash rattatats. New members Nato Hickey (bass) and Adam Ladley (keyboards) add warmth and texture to the dark, near-mystical sound of Grand Prix. They're a great live act and they now have a solid set of new songs to promote; one of NZ's most underrated groups from the last few years. Make 'Terraplane Twilight' your reason to check them out immediately. You won't be disappointed.