Brooklyn based Grandfather create dynamic, intense and violently rhythmic rock. The band recorded their debut record, "Why I'd Try" with stalwart engineer Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies). Believers in the raw, unencumbered sound of the analog recording process, Grandfather and Albini managed to capture the band's frenetic, live-in-the-room intensity and create a singular, ruminative and altogether bracing introduction to their world.
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GQ Magazine (Interview w/ Steve Albini)
GQ: Is there a young artist with integrity who inspires you today?
Albini: There was a band that came into the studio a while back called Grandfather. They were an art-rock band that organized the funding of their record through Kickstarter. They were really well rehearsed and came into the studio and knocked the record out in a couple of days… That’s the kind of nimble, efficient behavior that was previously impossible when there was a corporate structure involved. It gives me confidence other bands will figure it out.
The Village Voice
“Their nine-track debut Why I’d Try is a lumbering, melodic beast that’s got the visceral art-crunch of Shellac mixed with the flighty and fever-dreamy melodies of Shudder To Think. Lead single “Tremors” is accordingly huge, pulling its loping Jesus Lizard groove through a shining, 120 Minutes-ready hook and a gorgeously minimalist, treble-fucked two note guitar solo.”
Flavorwire (Mixtape XLVII: Daft Punk, Grandfather)
“Tremors” kicks its way off the starting line with arena-worthy riffs, a snarling, crunching, pounding track. If there was any justice in the world, every Soundgarden song would be quietly replaced with this instead. Trust us. It’s better.”
“The recording is full-bodied and warm, and the songs themselves contain changing textures that develop and build like a pot of water being slowly brought to boil. Opener ‘You’re Strange’ has a dark and brooding exterior which is slowly chipped away the closer the listener gets to the crescendo, slowly revealing an unexpected hook at the centre. The album seems a piece as a whole and the perfect document to introduce the world to Grandfather.”
Exploding In Sound
“Why I’d Try twitches between orchestral brilliance, gritty post-punk, and cerebral assaults of noise, all falling precisely into place within its sonic puzzle. Locked tight in stranglehold rhythms delivered in strange time signatures, Grandfather’s debut is the type of record you listen to on repeat… for days on end.”