Somewhere along the line, rock and roll lost its soul. We’re not here to point fingers (quite frankly, we’ve only got so many hours in the day and so many fingers on our hands). Fortunately, Grandfather Child is here to bring some of that much needed soul back to rock and roll.
A funny thing happens on the way to being a beloved, six year/ five album, workhorse rock and roll band playing 300 shows a year: life beats the shit out of you. From great suffering comes great art, and it’s all the better if there’s some pedal steal involved.
Every now and then, you come across an artist who has worked with so many great musicians, that you know their personal project will be good even before you hear it. Mike Coykendall has played with and produced M Ward, Blitzentrapper, Bright Eyes, and She & Him, just to name a few, and those names are enough for us to click play.
It would be really easy to compare Wake Up Lucid’s sound to early Black Keys or even Dead Confederate, but after spending some time with their songs, you get the feeling they don’t really give a sh*t about being compared to anybody. Others may be inclined to call it blues-influenced rock and roll, but that’s just redundant.
When Nick 13 branched off from his role as lead man in psychobilly stalwarts Tiger Army to pursue a more laid back, old school country solo project, some people scratched their heads, but take one listen to his self-titled solo album, and you'll agree there is no better way to present these songs.
Tomas Doncker creates what he calls "Global Soul" music, but you don't have to just take his word for it, check it out for yourself, and you'll hear a world of inspiration and influences, fused together with seamless rhythms, telling the stories or trials, struggles, and celebrations from around the globe.