“...the instant hooks and melodies of Cheap Trick, with the Americana of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers...”
— Screamer Magazine
In June of 2018, The Great Affairs released their latest album 'Ten & 2'. Recorded with Grammy-winning mixer and engineer Michael Saint-Leon(Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram), this record found the band pursuing a more muscular, guitar-heavy sound, owing as much to their Classic Rock forebears as formative efforts had to the Singer/Songwriter model. Inspired perhaps by their 2017 covers EP ‘Six Pack’, where the band mined and re-imagined gems from ‘70s FM stalwarts like Thin Lizzy, Fleetwood Mac, and Cheap Trick, the collection openly embraced their various influences to create a sound both comfortably familiar and refreshingly its own.
While they may have cut their teeth on KISS and The Black Crowes, or Queen and Humble Pie, The Great Affairs simultaneously draw from the Pop well of such ‘80s icons as Rick Springfield and Bon Jovi, juxtaposing all these elements with the sound of more contemporary acts like The Gaslight Anthem and Butch Walker, to offer up the kind of sweaty, gimmick-free, big guitar anthems that'll rattle your brain, just as easily as they might slip into lonesome troubadour mode and soothe your soul.
In May of this year, the band returned with ‘The 2019 Sessions, Volume 1’, the first in a series of digital EPs and singles they plan to deliver en route to their next full-length. Recorded in hit & run sessions between live dates, these releases will allow The Great Affairs to stretch their legs a bit and do some sonic experimentation as they carve out a direction for the new LP.
“The Great Affairs is a rock ‘n’ roll band., and they made a rock ‘n’ roll record. You get it all: classic rock, power pop, roots rock, Southern Rock… When you think you are hearing Cheap Trick, The J. Geils Band, The Bottle Rockets and Bad Company at the same time, you are probably a good listener. More important, if you are looking for a Saturday-Night-Record, I have found you one.” - Patrick Donders
— Sweet Sweet Music