Show #133: The Grining ManBy: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:00:00 PM
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A funny thing happened after the end of this show. I ended up spending about two and a half hours on a Sunday night hanging out with The Grinning Man, and let's just say, the magic fridge got seriously depleted (even the Jones' turkey and gravy cola, if that gives you any indication). When we were finally done, having given the radio listeners an extra half-hour of random musings beyond what you guys get to hear on this podcast, keyboardist Craig Swendsen asked if all my shows complete derailed like that one. My reply: "I wish they did!" Honestly, after 133 shows, how many times can one ask the same ten questions? The show relies on random tangents and individual personalities, and these guys have that in spades.
I'm always excited to find bands that just don't quite fit into anyone's mold. Usually this is because they're combining several genres to form a new style that is uniquely theirs. In the case of The Grinning Man, it's even more interesting in that the styles they're combining -- psychedelic rock, surf, and lounge jazz -- are not exactly mainstream to begin with. Top of this unique approach with excellent musicianship and a great sense of humor, and you've got a recipe for becoming one of my favorite bands. I suggest everyone keep an eye on these guys.
Links referenced in the show:
- The Grinning Man can be found here Web Site | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter
- The tracks from their first album, Death by Misadventure can be found on their ReverbNation page.
- The title is a hreference to the official cause of AC/DC front man, Bon Scott's, death.
- Their song titles contain references to Futurama, The Simpsons, and Descartes.
- For the record, "cogito ergo sum" is pronounced this way.
- They are influenced by the Shadowy Men, famous as the performers of the theme song to The Kids in the Hall.
- They once did a cover of the theme from The Legend of Zelda.
- I may have to dispute the Official Indy In-Tune Fact Checker. It seems, Toto drummer Jeff Procaro may not have died in a bizarre gardening accident.
- Earworms can be defeated by singing Unchained Melody out loud.
- The name "Grinning Man" is a hreference to the unexplained sightings of ... well ... it's creepy. Here, read about it.
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|Darrin Snider is the founding music nerd responsible for Indy In-Tune Radio and the Indy In-Tune Podcast. By day he is a business analyst and recovering software engineer, which is fun, but he hopes to downgrade to overnight FM disc jockey someday.|
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