We finished a tour with Hikes from Austin, Texas last month, and it was the tour of a lifetime! We've admired these guys for so long. It was such a life affirming experience to show them Alaska and play with them! Check out some awesome pics from our shows, and go buy their music at hikes.bandcamp.com! <3
Photo: Sarah States Photo: Matt Harris Photo: Emma Sheffer
Today we premiered a music video for our song "Kirstie Alley's Rules to a Good Time." We have been so lucky to work with director Emma Sheffer, and are very proud to share it with you!
The song “Kirstie Alley’s Rules to a Good Time” is off of Granddad’s August 2015 EP, “Dumped.” In a common theme between emo/punk bands, the song title has nothing to do with the song itself. The lyrics follow a series of self-reflections by the lead singer and songwriter, Kellen Baker. The narrative is based in the aftermath of a bad breakup, looking for respite from the heartbreak and loss anywhere he can: “You were my reason to smile, you were my reason to bleed / Now my mouth is full of wine, lies, and broken teeth.” Later on, the lyrics read almost like a journal entry where Baker lists a series of longings, reaching for a “normal” life that is unachievable: “I want to see the world / I wanna be old some day / I want to raise a little girl.”
Growing up gay in socially conservative Alaska, Baker has always felt that acceptance and a normal life were always just out of reach. This is where Granddad’s social commentary begins, and where the lyrical content begins to intersect with the video. The video follows a couple on a couch- as they begin to kiss the actors playing the two characters begin to switch and continue to rotate between the two roles throughout the remainder of the video. Director Emma Sheffer masterfully cuts the shots to expose different couples in intimate moments, capturing all the awkwardness, attraction, and excitement of kissing someone for the first time. The talent in the video exist across the sexual orientation and gender spectrums, and through the video we see any number of combinations to create a relationship—the point being, none of that matters. What matters is that two people, enchanted with each other, can come together in a beautiful moment.
In the chorus, Baker sings “You’d better grow up fast now / you gotta earn your stripes. / The lessons you learn now / they can be taught overnight.” The point being that sometimes you have to kiss a lot of people to learn what you really want. In the end, it doesn’t matter who is wearing which outfit. All relationships are beautiful, and we should all come together to celebrate each other.
We just released a double single collectively called "Home" on our bandcamp page! Copied from our facebook post:
"I recorded a couple songs recently. They're simple songs about what it's like to go back home after you're all grown up. Home is a place you'll never escape, for better or for worse, and it will always be a part of who you are. These songs reflect on how my home has made me who I am, and I hope you find something you can relate to. I love you, friends, thank you all for being a part of my life. --Kellen"
TOURING IS RAD Y'ALL. We just ended our leg of the tour with the Shiver Twins, and we are definitely able to say that we are all best friends now. Those guys are so great, and we can't wait until we get to play and hang out with them again!
The next leg of our tour is going to be pretty intense, but we are going to see pretty much all of California! If you have any buds in Cali, please check out our events and send them our way! We would love to meet as many people as we can.
We were interviewed by The Anchorage Press, and they also published a detailed review of the new EP!
"Representing maturity more than a departure, Granddad's Dumped explores the definition of self following the turmoil of a bad break up. The lyrics are painfully honest and the composition is sharp and catchy."
Check out the full review here, and the interview here!
We're excited to show you the album art for our new EP, "Dumped"! It will be available digitally on August 15. We will be sending it to those on our mailing list one week early, so type your email in right over there to get the EP on August 7!
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We're really proud of how this music turned out, and we think you'll really enjoy it too!