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Grandfather
Why I'd Try
(self-released)
www.grandfathermusic.com


There are a few hard and fast rules that I've discovered over my many years of music listening;

· If it's a record released on Dischord Records, it's worth owning.
· If Al Jourgenson is involved in the band, it's worth a listen.
· If Kristen Hersh wrote it I'm going to love it.
· And finally (and pertinent to this review), if Steve Albini played a part in the recording of an album, it will be challenging but well worth a second and third listen.

Grandfather's debut release Why I'd Try proves the Steve Albini rule. Recorded and mixed in Chicago with Albini in July of 2010, Why I'd Try is a challenging, noisy record that rewards multiple listens.

The hand-stamped white cardboard CD sleeve lends an air of mystery and artiness to the package. Whether done out of DIY necessity or to add another layer of artistic expression, I'm not sure but I always award extra points for presentation.

Like an artier version of Helmet, or a less impressionistic version of Sonic Youth, Grandfather meld experimental guitar sounds, a crushing rhythm section, and droning vocals into an art-rock success. Never noisy for the sake of self-indulgence and always precise, Grandfather present a pummeling version of the signature loud-quite-loud sound that Albini made famous with his work with Nirvana.

Making noise this big with only guitar, bass, drums is an art form in itself. The ability to counterpoint all the racket with stark, wide open soundscapes demonstrates a level of musicianship not often found on a debut record.

-George Dow

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