Sunday, January 27, 2008

The Greenhornes - 'East Grand Blues' (2005)

The Greenhornes 'East Grand Blues' (2005)

Had never heard of these guys until a couple of days ago…. what a discovery… this is one seriously excellent EP… ‘sounds like!’ a dash of 60’s garage, a splash 90’s indie and very large helpings of melody. Guitars a blazing, solid rhythm section and very catchy songs.

The Greenhornes started life as a high school band based in Dearborn County, Indiana (20 miles west of Cincinnati) called Us and Them, self-releasing a four-track tape. Originally a five piece that included guitarist Brian Olive (who later departed to play with the Toledo-based Soledad Brothers under the alias Oliver Henry), the Greenhornes debuted in 1998, issuing their first bit of music on a single released by Deary Me Records. The following year they released their first full-length album, Gun for You. A self-titled LP followed in 2001. 2002's Dual Mono came after the departure of Olive and keyboardist Jared McKinney and included guitarist and vocalist Eric Stein. By 2003, the band was down to Fox, Lawrence, and Keeler. 2005 saw the release of East Grand Blues, an EP for V2 Records, which was produced by Detroit musician Brendan Benson. It was quickly followed by the compilation, Sewed Soles. The band's collaboration with Holly Golightly, "There Is an End", was the theme song of Jim Jarmusch's 2005 film, Broken Flowers.

Throughout their career, the Greenhornes have toured almost constantly, only taking breaks when the musicians have worked on other projects.

Lawrence and Keeler, along with Detroit musician and producer Dave Feeny, were in the Do-Whaters, the band formed and led by Jack White of The White Stripes for Loretta Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose. Lawrence and Keeler have spent all of 2006 at work in The Raconteurs with Benson and White. Lawrence is also the banjo and autoharp player for the Detroit band, Blanche, which also includes Feeny.

The Greenhornes have recently contributed the song "Pattern Skies" to the PS2/Xbox video game Destroy All Humans! 2.

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