Friday, January 31, 2014

Take a tour of Portland on Grandhorse's New Video "Short Drive with a Kidnapper."

Watch & Share Grandhorse's New Video For "Short Drive with a Kidnapper" Premiered on Yesterday! -

Featuring Y La Bamba's Ben Meyercord running around Portland trying to find the party, "Short Drive with a Kidnapper" is the first video from Grandhorse's Debut LPPortraiturefolio. According to Grandhorse drummer Devon Shirley, "'Short Drive with A Kidnapper' is what happens when you put Ben Meyercord, weird friends in costumes, lots of cheap beer, a fog machine, a ginger and a Russian video editor together. Magical."

Check it out for yourself at the link above, and make sure to stay for the party at the end of the video!

And while we're at it, have you heard their new record, Portraiturefolio, yet? If not, you can stream and download the Portland quartet's new full-length for free here:

"The combo’s recent album ‘Portraiturefolio’ brings to mind the psych-pop of groups like Grandaddy and Pond and the fuzzed-out guitar stylings of vintage Superchunk and Archers of Loaf. Basically, if you dig ’90s indie rock as much as we do, these dudes could be your next favorite band."

More about Grandhorse:
Grandhorse didn’t start as a band – it was just two musicians living together, drinking coffee, playing for each other in a dingy wet-smelling armpit of a basement in the Spring of 2012. Guitarist Adam Steinfink and drummer Devon Shirley sometimes referred to Grandhorse as a “project,” some safe term to nestle between the too-big aspirations of “band” and the idle frat-boy bullshit called “jamming.” For months this Grandhorse project moved forward, a couple two-man shows, writing uncomplicated pop songs and not getting too hung up on any one for longer than it felt right. And it felt good for a while, pajamas and coffee and camaraderie in the stinky basement. But the project started to slow down, need more than two guys could give it. So David Lloyd brought his guitar over and everybody was like “hey, yeah okay, this feels better” which lasted for a few weeks. Then vocalist/bassist Adam Smith dropped in and everybody was like “hey, yeak okay, this feels even better than that last good feeling.” And that day, in the humid crotch of a Portland rental house, four guys started to refer to this Grandhorse project as a band and high-fived about it.
A year later, Grandhorse is releasing Portraiturefolio, an album of straight-ahead songs built around venerable pop conventions. The vocals are mercifully un-ironic, propelled on a skintight beat and surrounded on all sides by guitar melodies that weave, fall behind, butt heads and arc over one another. You’re hard-pressed to find any moment that could constitute a phreak out or lapse in control and restraint – on “Short Drive with a Kidnapper,” the instruments complement the action of the narrative, like a soundtrack to its own movie; the saccharine melodies of “Heartstrings” are tempered by strong images, some world-weariness, and great guitar work. But it’s not until the album closer “Petrichor” that you figure out that what you really enjoyed about Portraiturefolio is simplicity dressed in a steady, emotional patience. It’s a consciously constructed, sonically even record that showcases what happens when a band puts coffee, pajamas, and communication ahead of swagger and showmanship.

More information about Grandhorse:


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