The Grownup Noise
Blisses B, Dick Prall, Blood & Dust (closing set)
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
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The Grownup Noise
From self-titled 2007 debut up through 2011’s acclaimed, rousing This Time with Feeling, Boston’s the Grownup Noise have bridged the gap between Americana and indie-pop. During that half-decade, the 5 piece ensemble’s performed with everyone from Kill Rock Stars sensations Thao with the Get Down Stay Down to acclaimed Canadian barnstormers Rock Plaza Central and folk troubadours the Guggenheim Grotto. After releasing This Time with Feeling, which was mixed and produced by studio wizard Scott Solter (Spoon, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, John Vanderslice), the band spent most of ’11 crossing the U.S. on tour, and as they continue to support Feeling and ready new material, 2012 has remained just as busy. This past spring, the Grownup Noise celebrated their first appearance at SXSW, which was highlighted by an opening slot for Tommy Stinson of the Replacements and Guns N’ Roses, in addition to a slate of dates with Minneapolis alternative icons the Honeydogs. The Grownup Noise will be back on the road this summer, with their third release eminent on the horizon. Come out and see the band Flavorpill says reminds them of “late-'80s Scottish pop in the vein of Aztec Camera and Trash Can Sinatras” and whose growing discography “stands apart on musical skill.”
"The Grownup Noise’s best asset, however is the songwriting, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself."
-The Onion, AV Club
“Boston’s the Grownup Noise are one of those perfectly named bands whose moniker sums up their aesthetic to a tee… It’s not surprising that theirs is a musicianship of the first order.”
“This Time with Feeling stands apart on musical skill.”
We will see you down at the shore, in your canoe, and give you the push you won't admit you need.
“... 11 glistening ditties — heavy with none-too-subtle Afropop influences, strong doses of Paul Simonism, and snippets of Cat Stevensy folk…”
Prall hit the ground running with his first full-length, Somewhere About Here – dubbed "a track-by-track monster" by No Depression magazine. The follow-up, Dressing Up the Failure, under his alternative moniker Starch Martins, opened the door to national performances with renowned artists such as Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, Bobby Bare, Jr., Glen Phillips, and Justin Townes Earle. Dressing also rece
ived critical acclaim by many media outlets, including the Chicago Sun-Times who praised Prall for achieving "a brand of rootsy power-pop that is smart, introspective and filled with great hooks." His next album, the eclectic Fizzlebuzzie, prompted Performing Songwriter magazine to call the diverse record "a box of chocolates for your ears" and earned him a featured spot on NME.com. He upped the ante with the release of the beautifully infectious Weightless, and with its single "The Cornflakes Song," garnered more radio spins across the country, a coveted spot on Paste Magazine's CD compilation, and airplay in the Starbucks national chain.
His latest EP, simply titled Inc., contains five songs that fuse lush vocals, straight-forward guitars, hypnotic drums, and sugary-affected strings with undeniably catchy-as-hell melodies, accumulating into a powerhouse of oddly pop-fueled gems.
Blood & Dust (closing set)
Some music you listen to and some music you just feel! Blood & Dust writes music that you feel in your gut and it makes you think about the world you live in; you can listen to his music and say, “I’ve been there before.” Blood & Dust is an Oakland based musician and songwriter. Born in the Midwest and raised in the south his music reflects his roots; each song features passionate lyrics and melodies that catch you and hold you. If you love great music you’ll love Blood & Dust.
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