Grandchildren and O’Death Announce Spring Tour

Grandchildren were fortunate and talented enough to be critically embraced with their first full-length album (gran). The album melded a lot of elements from shoegaze and experimental pop to become something unique.

Building on their wave of good vibrations, the band just announced they will be out on the road this spring, including a batch of new shows with fast-rising O’Death.

Grandchildren might be hopeful that this spring tour goes a little better than their ’08 one, in which members came down with chicken pox, their van was broken into and they travelled through an epic blizzard.

You can hear Grandchildren and O’Death at:

Mon-Apr-11 Bloomington, IN The Bishop w O’Death

Tue-Apr-12 Pittsburgh, PA 31st St Pub w O’Death

Thu-Apr-14 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie w O’Death

Fri-Apr-15 New York, NY Knitting Factory w O’Death

Sat-Apr-16 Allston, MA Great Scott w O’Death

Sun-Apr-17 Biddeford, ME The Oak and The Ax

Wed-Apr-20 New Haven, CT BAR    *FREE SHOW!

Sun-May-01 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts w Peter Bjorn and John, Bachelorette


Grandchildren @ Pianos, NYC – December 2, 2010

Pianos is tiny. Or, I should say, the ground floor showroom where I went is tiny. The front part is taken up by the bar. The upstairs used for other shows and DJ’s. A tiny bar sits tucked into the corner. The modest stage sits plainly against the back wall, with a house drum kit that only moves side to side, never off the stage.

The first band, Diehard, played through their set, rocked a bit, and had a good time. While musically tight, there was something missing. They clearly had the best banter of the night. They were followed by Dinowalrus, a trio of guys who could not decide if they were a dancy electronic band or an ambient indie rock outfit, though they played both well.

Before Dinowalrus could go on, however, the fire alarm kept going off, causing the band to make a song out of the incessant buzzing noise. After that cleared, and Dinowalrus played their set, we still weren’t done with the fire. Someone left their coat too close to a candle, which went up in flames, all while Grandchildren were cramming their many instruments on stage.

While both previous acts fit with relative ease on the stage, Grandchildren and its six members had to pick a spot and sway there. Complete with a drummer, percussionist, two guitarists, bassist and synth player, they broke into their first song, full of ambient noise and tribal drums.

The next thing I knew, it was 45 minutes later and I had been swallowed by a wall of sound. Time passed, moments lingered, everyone in Grandchildren played something like 15 different instruments and I was in awe. While I had heard a handful of songs before, nothing prepared me for their live show. Even through all the space and fuzz of their set, they were incredibly tight. Theirs is the type of music that is better to enjoy than to think “how did they come up with this?”

Lest we think Grandchildren are trying to reinvent Broken Social Scene by throwing 15 of their friends on stage, everyone in Grandchildren plays a significant part. Even the drummer is not just a drummer, as he hops over his drumset, heads to a synth machine, grabs a microphone and belts out lyrics. Or the main vocalist giving his bass to another band member, hopping behind drums and rocking out. And so on down the list.

There is a point in most shows when one realizes who the headliners are, even if unaware before the show started. The opening bands, though playing as well as they can, sound differently than the really polished headliner (though not always). While I enjoyed the sets from Dinowalrus and Diehard, when Grandchildren got up, it was a different sound. All three bands had played with the same set up, the same sound system, yet with Grandchildren it felt complete. If they made mistakes, it was lost within the overall atmosphere of the set.

Grandchildren continue their residency at Pianos the next two Thursdays (the 9th and 16th), with different opening acts. Everyone needs to go see it, to experience something beautiful. I will be back, not to cover it or write articles but to merely enjoy.

Grandchildren Debut New Video

To celebrate the release of their latest full length, Grandchildren had Toronto director Chelsea McMullan oversee their first music video, “Saturn Returns.”

Now, two years later, Chelsea has returned to help the band re-envision their superb first single. The video (more like a short film) “Saturn Returns Part II” features the underlying message that both nature and technology want to you dead (or something). It’s not the most cheerful, but damn does it look cool.

You can see it right here.

Saturn Returns Directed by Chelsea McMullan Produced by What Matters Most from Green Owl on Vimeo.

Besides a new video, Grandchildren have announced that they’ve extended their fall US tour! You can see them…

11/4 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
11/5 – Hot Springs, AR – Low Key Arts
11/6 – Murfreesboro, TN – Pawbowsky’s Dog House
11/7 – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
11/8 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11/9 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
11/10 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands – Tell All Your Friends Showcase
11/12 – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine – w/The Coathangers

Grandchildren Add Dates To US Tour And Premiere “Saturn Returns” Remix

Grandchildren, led by citizen of the world Aleks Martray, have added new dates to their tour supporting their album Everlasting, out now on Green Owl. One of these additional dates will see them share the bill with The Coathangers and most importantly, they will perform at the first annual Tell All Your Friends showcase at Brooklyn, NY’s Glasslands on November 11th. You can check the rest of their stops below.

And because they like to do things correctly, this news comes with a little present: a remix of their song “Saturn Returns” by the Brooklyn duo Runaway. In this reinterpretation, the song resembles tripped out old school electronic music similar to what I imagine you would hear if you took your old Game boy to a smoky club. Check it out:

Click Here To Download “Saturn Returns” (Runaway Remix) On RCRD LBL

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

11/5 – Hot Springs, AR – Low Key Arts
11/6 – Murfreesboro, TN – Pawbowsky’s Dog House
11/7 – Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light
11/8 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
11/9 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar
11/10 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands (Tell All Your Friends Showcase)
11/12 – New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine (with The Coathangers)