Monday, April 23, 2012

RONSON Reviewed on Letters From A Tapehead

Letters From A Tapehead recently reviewed Grass Is Green's Ronson. Check it out HERE.

"I've been listening to Ronson, the third album from Boston post-punk/post-hardcore band, Grass Is Green, on and off since its release. Many times I've sat listening to it and attempted to perfectly distill my reasons for liking it, which hasn't been easy. Speaking objectively, Grass Is Green could serve as the functioning successor to Disc 2 of Dischord Records' 20 Years of Dischord compilation, their own sound the perfect culmination of many of the bands featured on that disc, namely Fugazi, Faraquet, Branch Manager, Smart Went Crazy, Jawbox and Lungfish. Ronson captures many of the elements that shaped and informed early pre-Alternative 90s America, the sort of off-kilter rock sounds that epitomized the shift from hardcore to indie rock. The combined efforts of guitarist/vocalist Andy Chervenak, guitarist Devin McKnight, bassist Michael Thomas and drummer Jesse Weiss, despite their allegiance to point and sound in time, are refreshingly guitar-driven and loud.

But, saying that a band simply "emulates an already established sound to supply its output" as opposed to "embraces an established sound to inspire its output" shortchanges their abilities. Derivations and nostalgia be damned, Grass Is Green is a good band, capable of being somewhat whimsical ("Three Little Chickens"), melodic and pop-driven ("Nice Guy of the Year Award") or a little esoteric ("Devin's Lament"). Ronson provides a musically well-versed collection of songs that can appeal to both appreciators and casual listeners, the funk-laden tone of "Dance Punk Revival School" or the Thurston Moore-based strums of "Panera" contrasting nicely with the more ballad-toned "Somebody's Something" or straightforward and catchy "Riff Sibling." Other songs like "Life Of Mike" and "Baby Prieto's Big Score" will have an audience with alterna-heads and listeners that latch onto college radio like newborns suckling mama's instant breakfast, but to the absolute exclusion of nobody. Even at its most experimental, Ronson is just a fun and entertaining album, which is something you can't really explain with an academic's perspective and a lexicon abundant with five dollar adjectives."

Pile on Tour with Ugh God!!

A message from Pile...

"Hoyhoy. We're going back out on tour in couple of days and it's gon be great. Here's the the's.

April 24th - Brooklyn NY - Shea Stadium w/ She Keeps Bees, Slothrust and Big Ups
April 25th - Allentown PA - Soft Machine Gallery w/ H O R S E*
April 26th - Greenville NC - TBA*
April 27th - Chapel Hill NC - Chapel Hill Underground w/ Morgan's End*
April 28th - Charlotte NC - The Milestone w/ Weekenders and Bracing for Impact*
April 29th - Asheville NC - The Murder Basement w/ Albert Adams and Grammer School*
April 30th - Charlottesville VA - Tea Bazaar w/ Buck Gooter*
May 1st - New Brunswick NJ - The Alamo w/ Eternal Fuzz*
May 2nd - Allston MA - O'Briens w/ Fat History Month and SKIMASK*

w/ Ugh God

We're going to record a new full-length in July at the Sex Dungeon!"