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Scranton rock band Graces Downfall returns from year-long hiatus with Black Friday show at The V-Spot

Scranton rock band Graces Downfall returns from year-long hiatus with Black Friday show at The V-Spot
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This week, popular Scranton grunge rock band Graces Downfall announced that they will return from their year-long hiatus on Friday, Nov. 24 at 10 p.m. at The V-Spot in Scranton.

In a press release, the band revealed that it will feature a newly revamped lineup. Lead singer Ken Norton explained that they “needed a break to explore other interests” and that “after 10 years of doing it nonstop, a break was overdue.”

Since taking a year off, members of Graces Downfall have performed with local groups The Sellout Soundtrack, Behind the Grey, The Utopix, Doubting Thomas, and Norton has even launched a solo project.

“The Sellout Soundtrack thing didn’t turn out to be as much fun as I expected,” Norton, who formed the band to perform Top 40 pop covers, explained.

On Black Friday, Graces Downfall founding members Norton and guitarist Mark Yanish will join forces with Joe Beavers and Frank Jargiello to relaunch the next generation of Graces Downfall. While undergoing various lineup changes over the years, the band has released five original albums since forming in 2005; their latest record is 2014’s “Change.Adjust.Continue.”

“We’ll still provide everything that you’ve grown to love about Graces Downfall, and we’ve got a few new surprises up our sleeves, too,” Norton noted.

The new Graces Downfall lineup will make their debut at this holiday weekend concert with special guests Wild Planes, an indie/pop rock band from New York City. The group made a big splash at the last two Electric City Music Conferences, and Scranton music fans have been anxious for their return.

“They’ve only played Scranton twice, and both times they’ve absolutely blown me away. They’re natural showmen. We’re excited to share the stare with them and expose our fan base to them,” Norton said.

For more details on the show, see the Facebook event page.

Listen to Norton talk about what he has been doing over the past year and co-organizing the Electric City Music Conference in Episode 26 of the NEPA Scene Podcast: