Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Let's have a Grand Ole Party

I'm going to come right out and say it. Grand Ole Party had to have taken a peak into the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' play-book. Both bands are trios fronted by women with extremely similar voices (Kristin Gundred in GOP's case, and of course Karen O from the YYYs) that ooze sensuality in their snarling way while at the same time demanding respect. One difference though would be the instrumentation. While serving as lead vocalist for the band, Kristin also plays the drums, which during live shows are front and center as opposed to pushed to the back in most set-ups.

Since Show Your Bones showed up on my 11 albums of 2006 list, it comes as no surprise that I'm thoroughly enjoying Humanimals, Grand Ole Party's debut album which is set to be released via iTunes on September 4th. The album was recorded live in an amazingly short five days, but you'd never know it while listening. The group enlisted Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennet to help out on the album, and coincidentally, they're touring with Rilo Kiley this fall (tour dates below). And since I've been grooving to Rilo Kiley's latest lately as well (read about it here), it's a safe bet that it's going to be a killer show.

Grand Ole Party - Insane : Humanimals

Grand Ole Party - Bad Bad Man : Humanimals

Become their friend on MySpace.


Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion (Diplo Remix) : Gold Lion single

Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up : Under The Blacklight


US Tour Dates with Rilo Kiley

6 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield
7 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom - MFNW 2007
8 Seattle, WA @ Showbox
11 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
12 Columbia, MO @ University of Missouri - Jesse Auditorium
13 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
14 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
15 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
17 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
18 Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Theatre
19 Montreal, QUE @ La Tulipe
21 Boston, MA @Avalon
22 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
23 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
25 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
26 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
27 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
29 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

1 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
4 New Orleans, LA @ Republic
5 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
6 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
7 Austin, TX @ Stubb's BBQ
9 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
10 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
12 San Diego, CA @ SOMA
13 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
15 Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Monica Civic

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