Grammatrain

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Grammatrain
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge, grunge
Years active 1994–1998, 2009–present
Labels Forefront, independent
Website www.grammatrain.net
Members Pete Stewart
Dalton Roraback
Paul Roraback

Grammatrain is a alternative rock band from Seattle, Washington who were active in the Christian rock industry in the 1990s. After disbanding in 1998, the group reunited as a mainstream act in 2009 and released their third full length album entitled Imperium the following year.

History[edit]

Singer/guitarist Pete Stewart, bassist Dalton Roraback and his drummer brother Paul Roraback recorded a self-titled three-song demo tape in 1994. After hearing the demo, ForeFront Records label executive Eddie DeGarmo signed the band. Before releasing their first major album, Grammtrain released a CD containing four studio recordings and five live acoustic numbers. In 1995 they released their first studio album, Lonely House, produced by Aaron Sprinkle.[1] The album achieved success on Christian Radio.[2]

Their second full length album, Flying was released in 1997. Critics cited the album's "lighter, more polished feel" when compared to Lonely House.[3] At the end of a tour promoting the album, Grammatrain officially broke up following their final live performance on 12/7/1998 in Germany. An announcement of the break up can be heard on the band's live album.

Following the breakup of the band, Stewart released a self-titled solo album and produced Michael Tait's band, Tait, performing on their first album. He also produced four tracks on the debut solo album for TobyMac, Momentum. In 2003 Stewart reemerged with The Accident Experiment.

Reunited[edit]

In early 2009, Grammatrain announced that they had reunited and were in the process of recording a new album.[4] Because frontman Pete Stewart had left the Christian faith, the new album was not directed at Christian audiences.[5] Shortly after the announcement, the band played two reunion shows: one in Seattle and one in Germany. A limited edition EP with songs from the forthcoming album was released at the shows and on the band's website.

On March 25, 2010, the single "The Last Sound" was released, written as an anthem for Seattle Sounders FC.[6] The song has been played at Qwest Field before the kickoff of Sounders matches,[7] and Sounders FC owner Drew Carey endorsed the song and promised to get a "proper video" made of it.[8] The video was produced and directed by Nik Venet, who had previously done videos for U2, Jane's Addiction and The White Stripes.[9] The song was also picked up by and released through Rock Band Network for the Xbox 360.[10]

On October 10, 2010 (10.10.10), they independently released their newest album, Imperium.[11]

Discography[edit]

  • Demo Tape - 1994
  • Grammatrain - 1995
  • Lonely House - 1995
  • Flying - 1997
  • Live 120798 - 1999, Review: HM Magazine[12]
  • Kneeling Between Shields (ep) - 2009
  • The Last Sound (single) - 2010
  • Imperium - 2010
  • Spin Automatic (ep) - 2010

Grammatrain has also appeared on Forefront Record's X (10th Anniversary) Compilation album,[13] as well as tribute albums to Stryper,[14] Petra,[15] and Larry Norman.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammatrain, "Flying" Review". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Grammatrain Biography & Awards". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/cdreviews/Flying.asp Retrieved 7/1/2011
  4. ^ "Grammatrain: Behind The Tracks » Grammatrain: Behind the tracks, Part 1". Grammatrain.podbean.com. 2009-02-19. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Music News, February 2009: GRAMMATRAIN TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM IN 2009". Jesusfreakhideout.com. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  6. ^ grammatrain.net. "NEW SINGLE: “THE LAST SOUND” « Grammatrain official site". Grammatrain.net. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Sounders: Sounders FC New Rock Anthem: "The Last Sound" (Grammatrain) - KCPQ". Q13fox.com. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Twitter / Drew Carey: Make Way For The Sounders!". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  9. ^ "THE LAST SOUND video « [official Grammatrain site]". Grammatrain.net. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  10. ^ "The Last Sound by Grammatrain // Songs // Rock Band®". Rockband.com. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  11. ^ "[official Grammatrain site]". Grammatrain.net. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  12. ^ Gordon (a girl called) (January–February 2000). "Album Reviews: GRAMMATRAIN, Live 120798". HM Magazine (81). ISSN 1066-6923. 
  13. ^ Forefront_Records#Trivia
  14. ^ Sweet Family Music: A Tribute to Stryper
  15. ^ Never Say Dinosaur
  16. ^ "Music Search Feature". Google.com. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 

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