Before their sudden breakup, Grand Ole Party were one of San Diego’s most promising bands. And though the group’s members have gone on to make interesting music via acts like Dum Dum Girls and The Hot Moon, it’s hard not to miss the Party days.
But now, those of us who have worn out our copies of Humanimals have cause to rejoice: Grand Ole Party will release their sophomore album, Under Our Skin, on August 30. The record was recorded in 2009 just before the band’s breakup and, until now, has gone unheard. The announcement of next week’s posthumous release comes out of the blue, but the surprise sure is a welcome one.
Plateaus, whose name comes from a â€œtongue-in-cheek statement about the SoCal music scene,â€ are comprised of Kevin Gist (lead guitar, vocals), Chris Rosi (rhythm guitar, vocals), Elliott Moeller (bass), and Jon Greene (drums). The band was founded by Greene (who has produced bands like Dum Dum Girls, Crocodiles, and The Soft Pack) and Gist with the intention of creating a form of â€œderanged but classic pop music.â€
In an attempt to familiarize you with the band and their sound, we asked Plateaus for five songs that are important to them. You can read their Poetic Memory below. Continue reading…
Dum Dum Girls have just announced their second album, which they’ve given the Roy Orbison and Weezer-evoking title of Only In Dreams. The follow-up to 2010’s I Will Be is set for release on September 27 via Sub Pop:
On several levels, Only in Dreams is a great leap forward for a gifted songwriter and an equally gifted band — it’s heavy, deeply personal stuff and surely unprecedented for this style of music, and that’s what gives Only in Dreams both its uniqueness and its gut-punch emotional impact.
The semi-San Diegan four-piece has a cross-country tour planned in support of Only In Dreams, which kicks off at the Casbah on October 1, followed by a tour of Europe in the fall. Full tour dates here.