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Grimace Federation

New Track: "Fall of '74" - Grimace Federation

“Fall of ’74” is the new single from Grimace Federation, which features original band member Zack Zweig on vibraphone, second drum kit and Fender Rhodes. It was recorded at Soma Studios by producer/musician John McEntire (Tortoise, Sea and Cake, Stereolab etc). A warped spin, as though a helicopter is hanging overhead, merges with the clarity of the vibraphone and the ramping up of bass, as drums launch the song into action. A free-flowing, jazz-prog aesthetic melds in the delightfully morphing, musical movement.

Weekend Warrior, June 9 - 11

Grimace Federation celebrates the launch of their latest intergalactic musical vessel, Auroville, with a live performance this evening at Underground Arts. Honing in high-speed precision, the band cruises while pushing the envelope. Bombarding beats, resulting from the steady thrust of keys and percussion, develop in masterful, woven threads of sonic discovery. Those dynamic points of intersection, when the luminous possibilities of the unknown are weighed against the dangers that potentially lie in one’s path, create suspenseful peaks of intrigue. Meanwhile, the warp-speed, electro-jazz, experimenting engine maintains its varied, but never off course, trajectory. Tonight, they lay the groundwork for the funky, electro-dance assemblage of !!! (Chk Chk Chk), who are in town supporting their new album Shake the Shudder. - Michael Colavita

More places to enjoy this summer weekend…
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Maitland, Former Belle, Dirty Dollhouse
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Dark Blue, Mcguire’s Mob, SAT Joy Again
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI Alustrium, Botis/DJ Deejay, SAT Gordon Bombay, Shizz Lo, Mindset, SUN Gracie Martin, John Gilbride, Chickabiddy
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Junipur, No Thank You, SAT The Guests
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) FRI Grimace Federation, SAT Remote Control, SUN Telepathic, Rosu Lup
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) SAT Olympic Formal, Lloyd Maz, Blaq N' Nappy, Ryze, Masta K, SUN 2Key, Standin Cannon, Ms. Fystee, Young Ros
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) FRI (Upstairs) Meghan Cary, Prima Donna, Roxy Rollz, Resilient/(Downstairs) THE GTVS, SAT (Upstairs) Telyscopes/(Downstairs) Candy Volcano, SUN (Upstairs) Jeremiah Tall/Greg Sover (Release Show)/(Downstairs) Animus
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.)  FRI The Shines, The Separators, SAT Carolyn Thorn
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) SUN Darlingtyn
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Deadfellow (Release Show), The Classic Hunt, SUN Bryce Trent
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI The Dull Blue Lights, Matt Kelly, The Retinas, The Bad Larrys, SAT My Home is the Sea, Church Girls, Jesse Gimbel, Danafox
The Barbary (951 Frankford Ave.) FRI Tay Banga, SAT Camp Candle, Argyle Rings, SUN Buzzherd/Tektonic, Solar Circuit, Montoj
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay, SUN Francisco Collazo
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Stepping Razor, SAT Chet Williams, Endless Taile, Keely Sibilia, The Phosphenes, TJ McGlinchy, TC Cole, Barry Dwier, Colleen Wallen, Someone's Daughters
Morgan’s Pier (221 N. Columbus Boulevard) FRI DJ Beat Street, SUN Ear Me Now
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Mr. Lisp, Chino, SAT The Tisburys, Jac Carson (CD Release), Sonny Knockout
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.)  SAT Splintered Sunlight, Tom Hamilton, SUN Broken Arrow
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) FRI Le Yikes Surf Club, Lightninging, SAT Family Animals, Soudwavves, Panophonic
Space 1026 (1026 Arch St.) SAT Louie Louie, Jason Spacin’ Killinger


New Track: "Did I Ever Tell You?" - Grimace Federation

Auroville, the forthcoming full-length album from Grimace Federation, is scheduled for release on June 9. “Did I Ever Tell You?” quickly blooms with electro-drum interplay. Adventurous rays of guitar, steadying keys and the space-clearing percussive thrust throw the psych-prog spectrum wide-open. Building and then enhancing one theme onto the next, the song transitions through areas of ease and tension, threading illuminating discovery with an air of danger. They'll be celebrating the record's release with Chk Chk Chk on Friday, June 9 at Underground Arts.


Grimace Federation Opening for Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman at Union Transfer June 11

Sometimes, the best option is to fall into a deep, funky, psych groove, and see where it leads you. With that approach, Union Transfer could be the destination this evening as Grimace Federation provide streamlined, spatial, scanning sonics that extend in a whimsical fashion, lifting the standard stressors, while dropping you in the trenches of those dance-inducing patterns. Tonight, the ever-evolving post-rock outfit will be armed with dual drummers, once again, and they'll be helping to set the table for Aesop Rock, who has collaborated with the gang in the past, like remixing “Strange Hours” and “Steamboat” for the band's latest release, The Measure in the Mix (Rhymesayers). Collaboration is the link that binds the artists this evening, which also features Brooklyn-based emcee Homeboy Sandman, whose eclectic jazz/soul-inflected new album, Kindness for Weakness, was released last month. And with Rob Sonic and DJ Zone in the fold, an old-school, Hail Mary Mallon sound may slip into action. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St., 8:30 pm, All Ages - Michael Colavita

Grimace Federation Vinyl Release Party at KFN Aug. 1

The music of Grimace Federation reaching the ears of the masses was never a forethought in its creation. Founded on a self-gratifying need to shift sound with friends, vast musical influences and jam sessions that had no boundaries, the ever-evolving Philly unit has always been armed with an arsenal of multi-layered, hallucinogenic beats. The band is currently set to drop its new EP The Measure In Mixture, via lauded hip-hop label Rhymesayers. The album combines spastic krautrock beats with the grandeur of an Ennio Morricone soundtrack on a Boards of Canada sonic landscape, and features superbly badass, bass-heavy remixes from Aesop Rock. Grimace Federation is celebrating its release on vinyl this evening at Kung Fu Necktie, and will be joined by Beard-o-Bees (the solo project from Lotus’s Jesse Miller), the debut of doom-psych outfit Colma, and more. There will also be all-you-can-eat pizza to help soak up all the alcohol and drugs that you’ll consume tonight - NIIIIICE! Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 9pm, $5, 21+ - Q.D. Tran


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