London-based alt-rock / metal artist Grace Solero presents ‘Love and Addiction’, featured on their new ‘Metamorphosis, a power-packed labour of love that is raw, grungy, dreamy and atmospheric all at the same time.
“Love and Addiction is a powerful representation of love in all forms and across all genres. It’s an intense journey bridging unruly passion and the yearning for clarity and stability,” says Grace Solero.
“When I came up with the first few lines of the melody and a few lyrics of the verse it was clear enough that a dark broody Pandora’s box had been opened. I felt like a surge of thick honey was running through my throat.”
High energy and highly dynamic, Solero’s mercurial voice is of astounding range and a powerful stage presence. Conveying deep emotions with alternating darkness and light, her songwriting shies away from the ordinary. Sonically, apart from their guitar-based sound, the band uses less conventional instruments, such as the cello, Hammond B3 organ, psaltery and even singing bowls.
Mixed by Chris Brown (Radiohead, Muse, Ride, INXS, Gary Moore, The Waterboys) and, this 9-track offering was mastered by Andy ‘Hippy’ Baldwin (The Who, Interpol, Oasis, Blur, UB40, Stormzy) at London’s Metropolis Studio.
Recorded and engineered by Jon Clayton (The Monochrome Set, Vic Godard And Subway Sect) at One Cat Studio in London, the band members themselves arranged and produced this collection. Solero is accompanied by Californian lead guitarist / vocalist Dan Beaulaurier, Swedish bassist Bjorn Zetterlund and Welsh multi-instrumentalist Dave Guy on drums and percussion.
Not long ago, the band previewed the title track ‘Metamorphosis’ on the trail of super-charged melodic singles ‘Orange Sky’, ‘Awake’ and ‘Lucid Dream’, the latter of which has recently gained support via BBC 6 Music.
“This album represents a turning point, the need to break free from things that kept us stuck in the past. It’s a deep journey through the transformative power of love leading to emotional freedom. Each song’s emotion feeds the next song and creates a beautiful soundscape. From yearning to change, from unhealthy passion to mystical love, from emotional apocalypse to taking risks, from melancholy to healing and being reborn,” says Grace Solero.
Earlier albums ‘New Moon’ (2009), ‘Hundred Years Apart’ (2013) and ‘Awake’ (2018) garnered support from BBC Radio 6, XFM, BBC London, and magazines such as Classic Rock, Guitar Techniques, Powerplay Magazine, Sonic Shocks, and Sonic Cathedral.
Solero’s performances are highly dynamic and energetic, both sonically and visually. They’ve performed everywhere from intimate clubs to large stages in Europe, USA and Canada, supporting the likes of Motorhead’s Phil Campbell, Alan Merrill (famed songwriter of the Joan Jett hit ‘I Love Rock ’n’ Roll’) , Bernie Torme and Arthur Brown.
Grace collaborates on The Twilight Zone, a new project with Dan Beaulaurier and legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole (Elton John, Cat Stevens, Bjork, R.E.M). She also co-writes and performs with The Vibrators’ Knox and Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania), and has performed alongside Slade’s Noddy Holder, co-starring in a musical production of Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at London’s Union Chapel.