Finally, a band that recognizes and appreciates the weird and enigmatic world of exotica records.
Grassy Sound is a project lead by Nick Millevoi and Ron Stabinksy of the Meat Puppets that resuscitates life back into the LPs you’ll find in the dollar section of your local record store. Elements of cheap-o surf rock, budget bin ’60s exotica and jazzy mid-century film scores are all fused together and given a post-rock makeover.
If you could imagine Dick Dale tunes or laidback Bernard Hermann soundtracks being infected by red-hot shredding and sketchy carnival Hammond C-3 organ work, then you’ll get a good idea of what to expect from this record.
Stabinksy even enlisted fellow Meat Puppets Curt and Cris Kirkwood and Derrick Bostrom to participate on the album. Together, they transform their own “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds,” originally recorded on their 1982 debut album (happy 40th anniversary, by the way!), into a Beach Boys-like lūʻau. With reverb-soaked slide guitar work, crooning harmony vocals and a sauntering rhythm, you can truly imagine yourself sitting in a cheesy tiki lounge. By the song’s end, you wonder who you need to trouble to get another cocktail in your hollowed out pineapple.
Meat Puppet heads and lovers of all things campy and groovy need to check out Grassy Sound. Click here to get your copy on vinyl and digital today.