Grady Strange (Grady Wenrich) began writing and recording his own music after discovering a 4-track recorder that once belonged to CBGB’s Hilly Kristal at a garage sale in Asbury Park. At the time he lived in New Jersey, now in Los Angeles, with his partner and frequent collaborator, Mackenzie Howe (she also makes great music herself, under the moniker of Pet Dress), and their dog named Dolly Parton.
Getting Stranger is Grady’s full-length debut album, featuring ten intense slacker rock ‘n’ roll songs filled with big hooks, and whirling guitars, a DIY project recorded on that legendary 4-track (Howe provided sax and backup vocals). Previous hit single I Listen to Your Radio Show at Night is missing, but the new tracks are just as much fun. Compelling melodies, surprising tempo and instrument changes, keen lyrics about life, death, love, and hate (“I’m a part of everything and I am nothing // Everything means nothing when you are everything” – from She Found the Way), vocals that enhance the feeling of courage to be free in the moment – heavy and light at the same time. Strange is good, I really love this record. RIYL Kurt Vile, JEFF The Brotherhood, Bass Drum Of Death.
Stream the full album below.
Getting Stranger is out now digitally, on cassette and vinyl LP through Perpetual Doom.