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Standing in the parking lot of Soul Sound Records: record store by day, garage band venue by night, I can hear the final band playing the last songs of the night. I was lucky enough to be joined by Lucas Restivo, guitarist of Grandview, whose set had just ended. He's a little sweaty, his hair greasy, and he was clearly exhausted. It had been a whole month of touring around the country, sleeping in a mini-van named Rhonda, washing in Walmart's, and finally, it was their final tour night until they headed back home to deeply missed beds in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Grandview is an alternative rock band with a refined, authentic sound, created by five college students: Billy Restivo (vocals/guitar), Lucas Restivo (guitar), Tom Rose (drums), Josh Rosenberg (guitar/vocals), and Mike Beland (bass). Billy and Lucas Restivo are cousins who grew up across the street from each other. "He's kind of like the fourth brother in my family," said Lucas, who is slightly older than his cousin and the other members of the band. One day they all started jamming and soon enough Grandview was started.
Grandview has a great way with words, which is just one of their attributes that makes them stand out from other emo/indie rock bands. "Well I've been staring right at the sun, and if I'm blinded then at least you'll know I tried looking up/And I saw the light, we'll be alright." It's emotional, relatable, and their lyrics are accompanied by just the right climatic element to get your head nodding and your heart swelling. Their songs focus on changes in life, how inevitable it is, and how to accept whatever change that is happening. "I think that's a lot of what the theme of the album is," Lucas said, "growing up and maturing and being able to handle change."
When asked about the theme of "7", a song off their latest album, Everything Between Paint and a Wall, Lucas laughs: "That's like our least favorite song off the album! We love playing it live because it's so much fun and it's so jammy. Billy wrote that entirely and he wrote it loosely about someone he really respected growing up with and losing respect for that person through their actions and it was a lot of frustration. A lot of changes are happening in our lives and that person represents the changes happening. We weren't really fond of it. It's kind of scathing I guess, but it's definitely one we felt didn't really fit on the album as much."


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