Preview of Upcoming Album

Grood is hard at work on a full length album, and here is a Soundcloud playlist containing all the drafts.  Some are pretty close to done, and the first one in the list right now is “You Already Know.” Produced by Ray Quinn of Martyrs’ fame, featuring Kevin O’Donnell on drums.  It’s probably the most “regular” song we’ve ever written, and you could say the song basically wrote itself in about 48 hours or so in October 2015.  then came months and months of laborious tracking, editing, vocal tuning (that’s right), and basically doing everything we an to make it feel as good as possible.  We’re proud and can’t wait to get it...

Preview of Upcoming Album

Grood is hard at work on another album, and it’s coming along slowly but surely. The playlist to the left contains all the rough drafts that we’re herding to completion. This week I’ve decided to feature the song we believe to be the opener, and that’s probably because the song is named Intro. But it’s a chicken or the egg scenario. The song has been through more iterations than any other Grood song, and I’m still not quite sold on it. For some reason it keeps sticking its head up and asking me to work on it. I’m hoping my creative work with it is almost done, but the song is the boss. We’re frantically putting these rough edits together and giving them to the razor sharp ears of Ray Quinn, owner of Martyrs‘ in Chicago, my old boss, but most importantly a killer producer. He’s agreed to work on at least a few of the songs to make them shiny and audible (which some people tell me that my usual mixes are not). More importantly, I’m learning a lot about things that will probably help me do this kinda stuff on my own. That’d be nice, amazing producers don’t just come around all the time, so I gotta learn to do every part of the recording...

Preview of Upcoming Album

Grood is hard at work on another album, and it’s coming along swimmingly. The playlist to the left contains all the rough drafts that we’re herding to completion. This week’s featured song is “It Found You.” I like it for the most part, but it’s unfinished towards the end. Not sure what’s the best way to do that, endings have never really been my thing. The song is about drugs and how they’re sort of a pain in the ass, they can get all up in you sometimes and not let go when you want them to. And although the lyrics seem dire, the music seems more playful and sarcastic, like it remembers that nothing is really a big deal, so don’t sweat it. The main thing we’re having fun with in recording this album is we’re getting Kasey way more involved than in the past. She might end up singing lead on about half the songs, which is good cuz she’s a good...

Preview of Upcoming Full Length Album

Grood is hard at work on another album, and it’s coming along swimmingly.  The playlist to the left contains all the rough drafts that we’re herding to completion.  The top one this week is “You’re Mean, Work on That.” It’s a bass-heavy instrumental rough draft made in 2009 that has been overhauled several times. But will it make it on the final cut? It’s different than most of the other prospective songs and sometimes I think that super-electronic rock songs don’t belong on a proper album, but I’m not sure why I feel that way. Maybe I’m afraid the songs will sound dated in 10 years, or at the latest pace, 2 years. Some play it safe and only use instruments that have been around for more than 50 years. The song started as a mistake I made when messing with a loop pedal I was playing through. I hit the wrong switch and it sounded crazy. I sampled that sound and played it on a drum pad for its maiden performance in December 2011 at Subterranean in Chicago IL USA for our first ACTual Show, here’s a clip of it on youtube.  Kasey did some ingenius stuff with black lights and pvc pipes.  I loved it.  Big shout out to my best high school-to-now friend John Garnello for dancing in his underwear. How did we convince a high-powered investment banker to do that?  That’s the power of Grood. After that, the song lay dormant for several years.  The first ACTual Show turned out so poorly production-wise that I was no longer enamored by any song we played that night, ha!...

Preview of Upcoming Album

Grood is hard at work on another album, and it’s coming along swimmingly.  The playlist to the left is all the rough drafts that we’re herding to completion.  I’m constantly moving out the old version and shuffling in the new one to the top of the list.  Right now the top one is called “This,” for reasons that are beyond my comprehension as a songwriter.  It has only led to confusion as I try to call out the next song on stage: …This!  They’re getting the hang of it though. When I first write things, I have to record them the day of or I will forget everything.  Each song name starts out as a date and then gets a more fitting name later.  I know this song’s first title was 090209, which means I wrote it in Sep 2009.  It doesn’t surprise me that it’s taken 6 years to get finished.  That’s just how it goes. The song is about looking very hard, listening very carefully when you’re trying to create something.  When I write a song I feel like a detective that is just trying to follow the breadcrumbs the song left in its wake as it meanderedthrough the forest, only to be almost eaten by a witch. It is the first song we have made that sounds pretty close to done, even though we didn’t record any real drums, we used Battery 4 for that.  The drum sounds are always the hardest and most expensive to get right, so using the software, I had Alan Maniacek (Grood’s live show drummer) come in and record some takes using...

Jan 6 – Grood’s NORmal Show!

After the craziness of Grood’s annual ACTual Show (it happened Dec 19, 2014), Grood is happy to announce a totally regular rock show with some other solid bands. We’ll be playing all the hits, it will be nice and relaxed, and everyone will have a good time. RSVP here!   Quick UPDate: Grood just switched to the 10pm slot.  New lineup below: James Mano – 8pm – Part of AWSM Radio, our good friends Miss Remember – 9pm – Features Leslie Buekelman, a frequent singer with Grood Grood – 10pm – This is us.  ...