GRAILS with JAMES BLACKSHAW at the Pike Room

FRIDAY APRIL 29, 2011
doors at 8pm
tickets: $10 advance / $12 day of (buy tickets)

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GRAILS is a band most easily described as "restless". They've stubbornly pushed against the staid cliches of instrumental music and towards new sonic frontiers, creating heavily textured albums, stacked deep with epic song hooks and exotic instrumentation. Grails carry echoes of the classic bands of many genres, but they combine those various styles onto a single record, under one umbrella of musical freedom. They are the renowned stylistic globetrotters of a fanatical underground record collecting scene, able to hybridize their disparate musical heritage (from The Ventures to 'Tibetan Crime-Jazz') with grace and confidence to build new languages out of genres that were never intended to work together.

The first incarnation of Grails emerged in 2003 on Neurot Recordings with "The Burden of Hope" and then "Redlight" in 2004. The two albums, drawn from a common batch of recording sessions, were defined by a live and earthy folk/jazz style with almost no overdubbing or post-production.

The "Interpretations..." ep, recorded amidst a late 2004 European tour for Southern Records' 'Latitudes' series, revealed their international psych addictions and marked a seismic stylistic shift for the band. After the departure of violinist Timothy Horner, the recalibrated band released Black Tar Prophecies, Vol's 1,2,&3 on Important Records in 2006, their new mission statement for a dark, reckless approach to experimentation and the beginning of a string of releases that would meet with continously escalating acclaim for their restless re-imagining of what instrumental music can be.

With JAMES BLACKSHAW

 

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