For nearly three years, local sextet Grandchildren have been writing and gearing up for the formal release of their debut LP, Cold Warrior . The album’s nine songs sound like West Philadelphia’s version of the Lost in Translation soundtrack—dense and layered, quirky and polyrhythmic, evocative and lonesome, a bit bouncy and grandiose.
But a turn of events means Cold Warrior won’t be coming out next week as planned, although the show will go on. In fact, it won’t be coming out this year. The good news for Grandchildren (and bad news for their fans) is that they’ve been picked up by a new label—New York’s Green Owl Records—and the release is now planned for January.
The band has already released an EP by the same name with five of the album’s songs earlier this year, so “at this point, I kind of look at Cold Warrior as a three-year epic experience for Grandchildren,” says frontman Aleks Martray. And while that’s quite a bit of time to work on an album, Martray says he feels positively about it.
“As an artist or musician, if you create something and a day later, you listen to it or look at it and think,’ That’s pretty good,’ that’s cool. A lot of times, you’ll wake up in the morning and [think], ‘I thought I made this masterpiece and now I wake up and it’s just a piece of crap.’ If it lasts a week, that’s even better, a few months and that’s even better.”
He adds, “To be playing and putting out something that’s been that long coming and still feel that good and strongly about it—it’s encouraging to me that this is something that carries substantial weight in terms of listenability, shelf life and meaning something to people.” ■
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