Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on October 28, 2008

Photos by Leia Jospe

Sebastien Grainger

Recently, Sebastien Grainger changed his MySpace page description from "fuck rock" to "fun rock." Like his brand new debut album on Saddle Creek, Grainger's set at the BrooklynVegan day party at Pianos wasn't very sexy, but it sure was a good time. Grainger's new sound utilizes the same driving propulsion as the band that made him famous (Death From Above 1979), but in the service of good ol' boy rawk rather than dance-metal. At Pianos, Grainger and his three-man backing crew (the Mountains) threw a fit of buzzsaw melodies and steam engine beats that got progressively louder as the set progressed. By the time of the anthemic "American Names", the volume was overdriven to the point of distraction.

Sign o' the times: Grainger made fun of an audience member's goatee, then backpedaled: "He's probably not going to buy the album." The guy yelled back, "I already downloaded it!"
[Amy Phillips]

Sebastien also played Mercury Lounge the night before Pianos, and he'll play Mercury Lounge again on December 3rd (with Snowden) (tickets) which is one day after he plays Union Hall (tickets). More pictures and tour dates below...

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger

Sebastien Grainger - 2008 Tour Dates
Oct 28 - The Capitol Fredricton, New Brunswick
Nov 20 - Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York
Nov 21 - The Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 22 - Beat Kitchen Chicago, Illinois
Nov 24 - 7th St Entry Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 25 - Slowdown Omaha, Nebraska
Nov 26 - Replay Lounge Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 29 - Garfield Artworks Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Nov 30 - DC9 Washington DC, Washington DC
Dec 1 - Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dec 2 - Union Hall Brooklyn, New York
Dec 3 - Mercury Lounge NYC, New York
Dec 4 - T.T. the Bear's Place Boston, Massachusetts

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Comments (4)

dude totally ripped both shows. mercury lounge was so loud, but was awesome. pianos had the same energy despite it being 5pm.

Posted by me | October 28, 2008 4:14 PM

Their set seemed louder than Crystal Antlers, which was pretty unexpected.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2008 4:18 PM

I wish Pitchfork mentioned that the reason the goatee/download snit started is because two songs earlier Grainger started blathering about having to summon the "spirit of the night" or some such fucking crap to play a rock show at 5 in the afternoon. I told him he was full of shit and the best he could do was shoot back about my fucking goatee. It was a properly fucking loud set but dude needs to take his improv ball-busting to the next level if he wants to cut it playing rock music.

Posted by goatee | October 28, 2008 6:29 PM

is this really the guy with the goatee?
hahaha!
you have one.
actually.
you can't hide!
consider your balls busted...
bro.


Posted by sebastien | October 29, 2008 3:08 AM

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