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Gramercy Arms


Gramercy Arms
Tricky Love Stuff
Magic Door Record Label.
Also enjoy first single ‘Yesterday’s Girl
Release: 25 January 2023

NYC indie pop-rock outfit Gramercy Arms presents ‘Tricky Love Stuff’, the second taste of their third album ‘Deleted Scenes’, which will be released via New Jersey-based Magic Door Record Label on March 3.

This song features contributions by the amazingly talented Claudia Chopek on violin, Peter Hess (The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anti-Social Music) on saxophone and backing vocals by Reneé Lo Bue (Elk CityFlowers of America), Jessie Kilguss and Gary Burton (Dovedale). This star-studded album also involves members of Guided by Voices, Phillip Glass Ensemble, Nada Surf, Luna, Aeon Station, The Little River Band, Elk City, Lloyd Cole and the Negatives, The Dambuilders and Joan As Police Woman.

Gramercy Arms is a revolving collective, masterminded by Dave Derby (The Dambuilders, Lloyd Cole). Inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70s and ‘80s-era New York City, they make addictive indie pop – exquisite hook-laden melodies filled with lyrics that will have you floating back in time, remembering your favorite mistake.

“‘Tricky Love Stuff’ is a happy-sad pop song about teenage high school romance mixed in with adolescent awkwardness and I guess is actually fairly autobiographical,” says Dave Derby.

Earlier, Gramercy Arms released ‘Yesterday’s Girl’, penned by Derby and music legend Lloyd Cole (with video by acclaimed visual artist Debora Francis) for Darlene Love. Artfully reimagined as a duet with Derby and Renée Lo Bue, they also released an acoustic version of this song, performed live at the Magic Door Recording Studio in Montclair, NJ.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Ray Ketchem (Guided By Voices, Luna, Elk City) at Magic Door Recording, this album was mastered by award-winning engineer Greg Calbi (John Lennon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Todd Rundgren).

Lyrically driven and rich on vocal-harmony, interspersed with elements of 60s sunshine pop and folk-rock, ‘Deleted Scene’ follows previous albums ‘The Seasons of Love’ (2012) and ‘Gramercy Arms’ (2008).

As of January 25, ‘Tricky Love Stuff’ is available across online platforms, including Apple MusicSpotify and other online stores, as well as Bandcamp, where the album can also be pre-ordered.

CREDITS
Music and Lyrics by Dave Derby
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Ray Ketchem at Magic Door Recording

Additional Recording by Lloyd Cole
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
Publishing Passive-Aggressive BMI / Warner-Chappell
Dave Derby – vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Claudia Chopek – violin
Peter Hess – saxophone and backing vocals
Gary Burton – backing vocals
Renée Lo Bue – backing vocals
Jessie Kilguss – backing vocals
Artist photos by Max Skaff and Debora Francis
Cover artwork by Debora Francis and Ray Ketchem
‘Tricky Love Stuff’ video by Qian Wenyu
‘Yesterday’s Girl’ video by Debora Francis

LIVE SHOWS
Feb. 22   BOSTON – Midway Cafe (album release show)
Feb. TBD  NEW YORK CITY (album release show)

Gramercy Arms – Tricky Love Stuff

Gramercy Arms – Yesterday’s Girl Magic Door Session

Gramercy Arms – Yesterday’s Girl

Gramercy Arms – Always In Love

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Band/Artist location – New York, New York
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