Saturday, May 06, 2006

Cool For August: Grand World


It's funny how you can find such excellent music in the bargain bin...all due to record labels making lousy decisions about which records to push and which to lay off. Here's a little info about the band:

Cool For August hit the scene in '97 with the release of their album "Grand World". It must have seemed like the beginning of a huge career for the guys - they had a hit single in "Trials" and were opening for Matchbox 20. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out quite as planned...

I've been trying to dig up information about these guys for ages, but I just haven't been able to find anything. All I know is that they just plain don't exist anymore...

I must have bought at least 10 copies of this album over the years - no joke. You can find it online for a penny at Amazon and I always check in the bargain bin, you can usually find it there for a few bucks. It's worth it's weight in gold, buy it if you find it!

[mp3] Trials
[mp3] Walk Away

Sorry - no official webpage. Here's a little about them at Wikipedia.
Buy Grand World here - it's listed for one penny!

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. I thought I was the only one who knew about Cool For August. Thank you so much for featuring these guys. I guess their flame went out a bit too soon.

11:29 AM  
Blogger craiye said...

Indeed. I've been pushing these guys since they came out, I actually just bought another copy of the album and gave it to a friend just a month or so ago...and she loved it of course!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By Far one of the Best Cd's I have ever owned. I saw them open a show in Cincinnati with Matchbox 20. One of the best times I have had. It was a small pub and they came out and sat with us. They did a poem for Cincinnati and then Rob Thomas came out and did WKRP in Cincinnati theme. It was agreat show. I left with one goal find out where to get a CD for the opening band that until then I havd never heard of. I have several copies myself for fear of one getting ruined. It could easily be release today and do well. It's just that good!!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

these guys are my hero's,they are the ones who inspired myself to be the musician i am today, when i was just a kid i used to hang out with gordon and the rest of the band with my parents and gordon if ur reading this...TY.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first heard about these guys when I heard "Don't Wanna Be Here" on pandora.com. I liked the song so much I bought the CD, and I think these guys are awesome. Hard to believe a band this good could just disappear overnight. Also hard to believe the review of the Grand World album at allmusic.com only gave it 2 out of 5 stars. The review says the groups material is "weak" and that it's just "a collection of standard alt-rock performances..." I wonder if the reviewer even bothered to listen to the whole album or if he just listened to the first 5 seconds of each song. Too bad. These guys rock. :(

1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, it's pretty sick that so many crap bands make it and a talented band like this ends up selling fro $.01 at Amazon. I treasure my one copy of Grand World with the original soft packaging. I've bought the album several times and given it as gifts to friends. How on earth a band with their songwriting skills and vocal talent who opened for Matchbox 20 wound up going nowhere is beyond me. Love these guys... wish I'd heard the demo of the second album they were working on.
-Brian (Baltimore, MD)

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been a huge fan of these guys since the first album came out. I'm sorry to hear that they are defunct. Its unfortunate that record companies don't provide more support for talented bands like these guys, instead pushing that rap and hip-hop junk on us.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous Hairy Weisenheimmer said...

Way to soon. I've been coveting my own copy since purchase when it first came out. I also had the rare pleasure of seeing them live when they opened for Creed in Dallas ,some 8 years ago. Much as I enjoyed Creed, Cool For August blew them away. Shame they aren't around anymore.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too thought no one else had heard of CFA.
It sux they arent around anymore.
Excellent music and lyrics.
Everyone who has ever had to ride with me in my car always gets the Cool treatment.
Glad there are other fans out there.........

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I waited on them when they were in the Atlanta area. Very nice guys.

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, this band reminds me of my twentys. We played the hell out of that cd for 2 years. They played a small bar here in youngstown ohio. They opened for mighty joe plum. Great show. Wish there label did them better. What else is new? Music sucks nowadays. just when you get excited about a band. Now people listen to recycled garbage like nickelback. It pains me to even type there name. Love cool for august

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw cool for august with creed in corpus christi. I still love the Grand World cd and wish they had more. They had a very promising start to a great career, and somehow just vanished. R.I.P. CfA, where ever you are...

11:36 AM  
Blogger trevor said...

first off thanks for all of your support
i am trevor te gtr player and main songwriter -- not sure what the other guys are doing ..i own a recording studio in toronto and am a record producer now
check me out at

www.myspace.com/trevorkustiak


cheers
trev

7:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i saw CFA in a small bar in Colorado springs in 97. they were in denver touring with Matchbox and came to CS to do thier own show. it was awsome! they hung out afterwards and had drinks and took pictures and i even got to check out the tour bus with Trevor and some of the other guys. it was an awsome time. i was very sad to here they had disbanded. oh well i still love Grand world and it will always be one of my favorites. maybe i will get to post the pics some time.untill then PLH. peace love and hair grease.

2:39 PM  

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