Short Story of Grand Head
“Grand Head came from a one off… a simple request from a singer songwriter to learn and play one of his songs at his upcoming cd release show”
With no plans of starting a band, my brother Tim and I got together to learn the Folky Electric ballad “Second Hand” by St. Even’s.
We had played music together for years (mid 80’s hardcore band Dread, and 90’s melodic punk band The Jimmies), but in the last couple years had been doing are own thing.
When we got together, we decided to experiment with the song “Second Hand”, and ended up working out a “Sabbathy” take on it.
At the night of the record release show, we had no idea how the crowd was going to respond, because this was to be a night of folk music, and here we were getting ready to play a super riff-heavy version of St. Even’s song. It was going to be loud and brutal! I think both of our expectations was to just go out there, have fun, and see what happens.
We performed the song at the St. Even’s record release show, and to our surprise the response was overwhelming. In fact, it sealed it for both of us, and after the show we set up another practice to get together and begin writing a set worth of songs and go into the studio to record an album.
In my spare time I had been working on drawing. Just 7th grade level stuff. The sketches I was creating were all “head shots”, copied from Justin Hampton’s comic Twitch. I didn’t think they were anything worth bragging about, but my brother liked my drawings and kept telling me that we could use them as the artwork for our record.
In the ensuing weeks, we toiled in Tim’s basement, producing 9 beautifully dirty, thick, and violent songs, all the while I continued to draw my primitive takes on “heads” from “Twitch”. We were striving to be creative and heavy. To be Grand!
This is the simple story behind Grand Head…
~Barry, Guitarist Grand Head