Grandparents – Live from the Banana Stand will be available online on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. A special, limited number of physical editions will be available on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at Holocene as part of the release event with Paper Brain, Still Caves, and DJ A-Train, sponsored by ElevenPDX Magazine. More information here. [RSVP on Facebook!] Until then, please enjoy the preview track, “Germans,” along with a video of “Fumes!”
For a while, Grandparents were nearly as obscure as their name. Those lucky enough to catch them live were almost as common as those who knew the backstory behind their seemingly generic name. The band’s members all work different schedules and jobs, making practice difficult and scheduling shows almost impossible. Since recording a live event at the Banana Stand last May, being named one of WWeek’s 2012 Best New Bands (spoiler alert: look for albums from past winners And And And along with Radiation City, soon), narrowly beating out their friends The We Shared Milk, Grandparents have played less than a handful of shows as members concentrate on jobs that pay. Dylan, for example, is busy putting together a new restaurant called The Baowry.
(See photos from the night of the band’s performance in our Facebook photo album.)
We were, as always, very humbled and honored to have Larry Crane invite us to do some post-production work at Jackpot! Recording Studios for this album, and lucky enough to have the talented Chris Vita put the final mastering touches on the album. The result is an album reverb-heavy in parts, yet crisp in others, with tracks that often extend into the seven-minute mark as the band jams out to a friendly crowd of well-known commrades on a wondeful Portland May night. -A
Grandparents – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded before a live audience on May 19, 2012 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon with engineers Chris Anderson and Tim Shrout. The album was mixed by Chris Vita, Marc Christiansen, and Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording Studios, and mastered by Chris Vita at Vita Mastering. Michael McInerney of Collective-47 Productions produced art for the album, which includes original photography from him and the original show poster by Alexis Bobbitt. The Banana Stand would like to thank Grandparents (Dylan, Marc, Allison, Ben, and Will), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.