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Three-piece troubadours. black Zeppelin shirt to school every day,” he admits that the influences of Greenland’s music is pretty varied, ranging from Ryan Adams to The Avett Bros. Seltzer started playing guitar around 10 years ago before then deciding to take lessons a few years ago to hone his skills. He soon transferred his playing ability to the banjo when Greenland took shape. Like so many other artists out there, the trio can’t afford to call the band their full-time job despite committing over 40 hours each week to making music. All three have other jobs to pay for the costs that crop up in order to keep Greenland on the road and making music facing “whatever other black hole of money the business side of the band decides to throw at us” he adds. Both Pereira and Seltzer write the band’s lyrics which are usually a stripped down version of a song. “The song then usually goes through at least one transformation with everyone giving some insight. We then practice it a shit ton of times, trying to get decent harmonies thrown in and little kinks worked out,” says Seltzer. The trio recorded their latest album ‘Our Hearts are Green, Our Grass is Blue’ last September and are working up to releasing it on a split 7” this autumn. Deciding to make the record available free to download via the band’s website, while didn’t pay off in the literal sense has allowed Greenland’s music to get out there into the wide world and found them new fans and followers. “The music business is changing and a lot of smaller bands like us are able to make fans in this changing landscape,” says Seltzer philosophically. “If someone were to say to me, 1000 new people are going to download our album and not pay a penny that would make us all happy. If a certain number of those people didn’t like

the album, I’m sorry we wasted your time and we appreciate the chance you gave us. But hopefully, there will be a few who actually like it...and those are the people who are going to come to a show. And buy a shirt or vinyl. And stand up front with us and sing along and make all the hard work worthwhile.” Quoting Vinnie Fiorello (of Less Than Jake), who owns and runs Paper + Plastick records to which Greenland are signed, “There will come a day when bands won’t charge for music, labels become just a hub of ones and zeros to be downloaded and siphoned off to other places on the web then onto the listening device of choice. Casual listeners become fans, and fans buy physical product like deluxe packaged records and concert tickets. In a perfect world talent and hard work are rewarded and bands grow exponentially from the initial songs given out for free.” The Greenland boys are a chip off the old block really. Their entire album was recorded live without any auto-tuning, which means ‘Our Grass is Green, Our Hearts are Blue,’ is completely original in every sense especially when sometimes you can hear a slight note shiver. “For that reason,” explains Seltzer, “I would probably say our signature sound is an honest set of three-piece harmonies. Honest because there are sometimes imperfections and I think there is a certain beauty and honesty in that.” To sum up the band in one sentence? As Seltzer so eloquently puts it, “Honest music from honest dudes.” Enough said. ‘Our Hearts are Green, Our Grass is Blue’ is out now. www.greenlandismelting.com www.myspace.com/greenlandismelting

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Prototype folk music magazine

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