Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Prognosis not so grim for this duo
THE GRIMM GENERATION – The Last Record Party (Drug Reaction Records)
This semi-acoustic indie-folk duo makes frustration, whether it is job-related, romantic, or just general life issues, seem downright sexy due to the smoky voice of chanteuse in training Carmen Champagne (wonder if that’s her real name) and the tasteful acoustic playing of her partner in crime Jason Krug, along with a bunch of other musicians who helped on various tracks. Whatever it is, this doesn’t sound like the duo’s first record party, well, it’s their last…anyway, they avoid the traps of usually associated with this type of music, with some downright honest emotion in between the sarcasm. Song titles can be clever, and surprisingly honest (“Sometimes I’m Subtle (Sometimes I’m Drunk)”, “Book Of Day Job” and “Blue Eyed & Black Hearted” to name a few) and the style on display range from folky to jazzy to downright bluesy. Opening track, the aforementioned, “Sometimes I’m Subtle (Sometimes I’m Drunk)” is carried by a catchy pop hook at the chorus, while “Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick” is a bluesy stomp and shuffle bolstered by Krug’s lonely moan. But the one track that will get you all hot and bothered is “Pull The Trigger” where Champagne intones that she’s a “locked and loaded girly magazine” and then implores you to do what the title tells you to do, to her desires. If this doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, then you don’t have a pulse. Maybe you might need a cold shower after this one. (The duo recently played a burlesque type show and I can see how this one would work wonders on that crowd. Or any crowd.) So I would say definitely check this one out, if you’re a fan of good, acoustic-based music, because as we all know there is a lot of bad acoustic music floating around these days. Give in to the Grimm Generation, you’ll be glad you did.
Also check the band out at this event.
CT.Com and Chip’s Unnamed Local Band Show Present:
Live & Local Featuring….
You Scream I Scream
The Grimm Generation
The Field Recordings
Friday February 17
The Arch Street Tavern
85 Arch Street
Hartford, CT 06103
8pm - $5 – 21+