At Exploding In Sound's New Year's Eve's Eve show at the end of last month (boy, that's a mouthful), Boston-by-way-of-DC fourpiece Grass Is Green put on one hell of a loud show. Using their hyperintellect and low-end sludgy guitars, the group showed no mercy to a room full of EIS devotees, making the crowd nod their heads in that signature late 90s style—This is cool, man. I'm digging it. Now, for those who had other plans on the 30th, Impose is bringing you the exclusive stream to their fourth record, Vacation Vinny, one week in advance of its Jan 14 release.
Vacation Vinny is reminiscent of a few contemporary bands (and friends alike), by bringing in the thumping beat of a turned-up bass a la Big Ups or the voice breaks and manic squealing of Pile's Rick Maguire, but what Grass Is Green accomplishes is truly their own. The moments of atonal guitar squeaks and post-punk flailing give the record a frightening, festering anxiety, and it's matched perfectly by packed-full guitars that are louder and thicker than a mudcake's slap to the face.
Grass Is Green have begun a tour with labelmates Speedy Ortiz that is currently making its stop in Virginia. You can see all the dates for that tour below, and stream Vacation Vinny in full at the embed, which is available for preorder through Exploding In Sound now.
06 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter w/ Sundials, Spit Take, Speedy Ortiz
07 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Blanko Basnet, Speedy Ortiz
08 – Charleston, SC @ John Waters Communications Museum w/ Parasitic Male, Southern Femisphere, Speedy Ortiz
09 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit's w/ Speedy Ortiz, Memphibians, The Willow Wacks
10 – Tampa, FL @ Mojo w/ Speedy Ortiz, Y Los Dos Pistoles, Sweet Divorce
11 – Tallahassee, FL @ Office Lounge w/ Ex-Breathers, Speedy Ortiz
12 – Atlanta, GA @ Capsule Gallery w/ Gold-Bears, Del Vinnici, Speedy Ortiz
13 – Birmingham, AL @ Seasick Records w/ Speedy Ortiz, In Snow
14 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox w/ Gnarwhal, Speedy Ortiz
15 – Asheville, NC @ Toy Boat w/ Speedy Ortiz, That's a Thing, Old Flings
16 – Charlottesville, VA @ Tea Bazaar w/ Sundials, Speedy Ortiz
17 – Washington, DC @ The Dougout w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Speedy Ortiz
18 – New Brunswick, NJ @ Cooler Ranch w/ Neur, Speedy Ortiz
25 – Cambridge, MA @ Elks Lodge w/ Ovlov, Krill, Palehound & Trespasser
31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn w/ Baked, Radical Dad, Frankie Cosmos, & Povery Hollow
06 – Portsmouth, NH @ Red Door
21 – Allston, MA @ O'Brien's Pub w/ Alarms & Controls, Horsehands, & Lady Bones