NYC-based indie rock / powerpop outfit Gramercy Arms presents their Americana-tinged single ‘Yesterday’s Girl’, a bittersweet remembrance of love lost and friendship regained. This is the first taste of their ‘Deleted Scene’ album, scheduled for release via the Magic Door Record Label in early 2023.
Co-written by Gramercy Arms frontman Dave Derby and music legend Lloyd Cole, this song was originally penned for Darlene Love’s solo album ‘Introducing Darlene Love’. Artfully reimagined by Derby and producer Ray Ketchem as a duet with Derby and Renée Lo Bue (Elk City, Flowers of America) trading vocals for the Gramercy Arms version. The colorful video, directed by acclaimed visual artist Debora Francis, features Derby and Lo Bue.
‘Deleted Scene’ is the group’s third full-length album, following ‘The Seasons of Love’ (2012) and ‘Gramercy Arms’. Lyrically driven and rich on vocal-harmony, interspersed with elements of 60s sunshine pop and folk-rock, Gramercy Arms is a revolving collective of musicians and artists masterminded by Dave Derby (The Dambuilders, Lloyd Cole).
Produced, recorded and mixed by Ray Ketchem (Guided By Voices, Luna, Elk City) at Magic Door Recording with additional recording by Lloyd Cole, this album was mastered by award-winning engineer Greg Calbi (John Lennon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Bill Frisell, Todd Rundgren).
“Being asked to sing one-half of the lead part on ‘Yesterday’s Girl’ was a wonderful surprise. I showed up at Magic Door Recording prepared to do backing vocals. It was Ray Ketchem who suggested a duet during the session. It’s an honor to sing the female lead part on a Lloyd Cole/Dave Derby penned song, originally written for Darlene Love,” says Renée LoBue.
Lloyd Cole further notes: “As I recall, we wrote very quickly hoping to channel Springsteen channeling Spector, with copious help from Blanton’s of Kentucky. I’d completely forgotten it until Dave presented this version and it feels like I won the lottery. It is wonderful. Very happy to have my name in the credits.”
Inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70s and ‘80s-era New York City, Gramercy Arms makes addictive indie pop – exquisite hook-laden melodies filled with lyrics that will have you floating back in time, remembering your favorite mistake.
Apart from Lloyd Cole, ‘Deleted Scene’ is a star-studded affair, also involving members of Guided by Voices, Phillip Glass Ensemble, The Dambuilders, Nada Surf, Luna, Elk City, Aeon Station, The Little River Band, Lloyd Cole and the Negatives, Elk City and Joan As Police Woman, among others.
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Ray Ketchem at Magic Door Recording
Additional Recording by Lloyd Cole
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
‘Yesterday’s Girl’ written by Lloyd Cole and Dave Derby
Publishing Passive-Aggressive BMI / Warner-Chappell
Dave Derby – vocals, guitar, bass guitar,
Renée Lo Bue – vocals
Kevin March – drums
Mike Errico – guitars
Lloyd Cole – guitars
Artist photos by Max Skaff
Jan. 21 BROOKLYN, NY – Pete’s Candy Store (10pm)
Feb. 22 BOSTON – Midway Cafe (album release show)
Feb. TBD NEW YORK CITY (album release show)
“Gentle and perfectly arranged, it is both calming and genuine, straightforward and talented, giving space and voice everywhere that the song and its story requires… clearly at a different level of musical maturity.. A hidden Americana-indiepop gem, Gramercy Arms show that music truly is a journey” ~ The Spill Magazine