I first heard Grid Committee when they opened for the Dismemberment Plan at the
Knitting Factory in NYC. I remember walking into the Factory during their set and
rushing to the front of the stage to get a closer look.
Obviously, Grid Committee impressed me as I became one of the lucky few to purchase
their CD. Apparently, demand was larger than supply that evening, which is always a
Grid Committee's Anchor Wait combines odd-timed, exciting, syncopated
driving music with floating female vocals. Of course, we all know this combination has
been done before, but Grind Committee pulls it off exceptionally well.
Unfortunately, the six song CD didn't include very much information therefore I will not
be able to cite the players by name. But I would be doing the Slender Music readership a
great injustice, if I fail to communicate the wealth of talent Grid Committee possesses.
The drummer ignites the band with tight, crisp, well-executed beats, fills and transitions.
He doesn't over play and he keeps the music pushing forward and allows our internal
clocks to stop and take a listen. His approach reminds me as sort of a cross between John
Stanier (HELMET) and Tim 'herb' Alexander (Primus).
Grid Committee's bassist and guitarist compliment each other throughout the record
allowing space for each instrument to be heard, comprehended and focused on.
The guitar player blends dissonant, obtrusive chords with interesting melody lines and
atmospheric arpeggiating. The bass simply drives and drives using a slight bit of
distortion, which adds a bit of grit and fullness to the otherwise crisp recording.
The voice guides us through the complicated musical labyrinth. She pleasantly shifts
between a sort of angry chanting to softly sung melodies.
This CD is a welcome addition to my collection.
Below is the contact info included on the CD:
15 Grandview Trail
Monroe, N.Y. 10950
Written By: Geoff T.