Live at the Amsterdam: Grant Hart

Grant Hart

Hüsker Dü was founded by Grant Hart, Greg Norton and Bob Mould in 1979. Only 17, Grant Hart was nonetheless a veteran of a handful of previous bands and had already been playing music professionally since the age of 13. Using a fake name, Grant produced all the visual art for the band, including all the record covers, some of which earned the band awards and helped secure the group's artistic aesthetic.
Although music is still Grant's main stock in trade, his visual arts skills remain as sharp as ever. In addition, he has recently taken part in several readings of his poetry as well as reading the works of his late friend Charles Henri Ford at the Metropolitan Arts Club in New York. He often performs with Patti Smith and has shared the stage with such notables as Charles Plymell, Philip Glass and of course his late chum William S. Burroughs.


It's a rare thing to find smart, poetic lyricism in pop music. Greycoats' anglo-rock manages to spend both words and melody wisely. Their debut full-length album, "Setting Fire to the Great Unknown" (self-released, 2008) was marked by strong ambition, heartfelt romanticism and big ideas with a cinematic sweep exploring the mechanics of polarization. Their music found airtime on the hit teen drama Gossip Girl, leading to national exposure for the quartet from Minnesota and a tour of both U.S. coasts through the end of 2009.

They returned to the Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis and enlisted the help of guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird) to assist in production of their follow-up effort. Two years later, they emerged with a tighter, more determined sound and a collection of stories surrounding a post-utopian twilight, "World of Tomorrow". Where "Setting Fire" drew against a backdrop of WWI as it tread through a dystopian molasses, "Tomorrow" finds inspiration in the 1939 World's Fair and an America that's slowly lost it's carbonation.

They will soon be embarking on a U.S. tour in support of their new release, so be sure to catch their energetic and transcendent shows, as their rich and multi-layered sound is always a head-turning affair.

$10.00 - $12.00


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Live at the Amsterdam: Grant Hart with Greycoats

Wednesday, November 13 · Doors 9:00 PM at Amsterdam Bar and Hall