I was fortunate enough to catch A Minor Forest in Boston last spring and just like you would imagine, it was like a hands-free orgasm. This review isn’t about them or how unfucking real it was to catch one of your favorite bands of all time that you were pretty sure you would never see, but I digress…this review was about their opening act, Grass Is Green; you’re thinking it and I’m going to say it, but yeah that band name sucks. But, one thing I have learned over the years is to never trust a book by it’s cover and ALWAYS check out opening bands; they started playing minutes after we walked in and they had my full attention. Not only was everything that they were playing completely awesome, but they brought me back to a time period where bands like A Minor Forest, Polvo, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Pitchblende, Truman’s Water, Drip Tank, Drive Like Jehu, Erectus Monotone, P.E.E., A Minor Forest, the Swirlies, Shudder to Think, Jawbox, Superchunk, Helium, Heavy Vegetable, etc. were doing weirder shit to indie rock than priests were doing to alter boys. (I also want to mention a couple other moderns that are on the same page as Grass As Green- Grooms, Q and not U, Helms, the Panoply Academy Glee Club, etc.). Aside from their misleading band name, these guys were shredding on stage, warping in and out of plentiful tempo and tonal shifts. Guitars were bending like cooked spaghetti and exploding into sonic freakouts, then worming their way back into hummable and infectious melodies. It has been a long time since I have seen a band try to emulate these sounds, and Grass Is Green cleverly wove many key influences and elements of this genre into their own. You can pick out certain likable influences here and there, but these guys have created their own distinct fingerprint.
I had no choice but to buy the record after that performance, and the record definitely transcribes brilliantly to what they do live. For some reason I don’t see their name out there much and have never seen it in Providence, but I highly recommend this band. If you dudes read this, sorry about saying your name sucks; I hope it wasn’t like a dying parents last wish or something…and it’s not the worst name—I just feel like it doesn’t represent what you’re doing and can get overlooked. Other than that, I will continue to recommend you, and if you want to play Providence, let me know!
(5 out of 6 Doves) Prince’s Minnetonka Tea Time was interrupted when he overheard this record and thought for a split second that it may almost be as good as one of his own. After splashing his cup of tea into his ankle masseuse’s face, he went downstairs into his studio and wrote the best mind-melting neo-funk-jazz-fusion box set known to man.
Polvo- “This Eclipse” Merge
Pitcheblende- “Au Jus” Postfact Archiv
Grooms- “Infinity Caller” Western Vinyl
Drip Tank- “Sprawl” Cargo
Archers of Loaf- “The Speed of Cattle” Alias