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Al Grantham

Al Grantham

Jimmy from the block, former porn stars, videogame addiction, identity confusion, yard sales, middle-class suburban delusion, box-stores, blind love, bravery, drunk romance, drunk injustice, the ruling elite, right, wrong, wrong rights and right wrongs.

Al Grantham has some stories to tell.

Sometimes, lost in the hubbub of smashed mannequins and general onstage chaos is Grantham’s loud pounding, literate heart, which he quietly chose to flaunt once by recording a new solo album in August of 2013. Descending into the basement studio he used to call home, Grantham joined friend and producer Kaleb Hikele at his east-end music lab, The Townhouse. Recording began late in the evening, where they adapted his wordy folk songs written for the guitar by dusting off the drum kit, distorted guitar amps, cello bows, noisemakers and the household banjo. Al brought in a cast of friends, roomates and transit buskers to build the diverse collection of songs in to the rock, country and folk pieces they have become. Al Grantham is out of the basement and released to the world December of 2014.

Growing up in the small town of Paris, Ontario, Al Grantham spent his formative high-school years holed up in his bedroom, dissecting Beatles songs and dog-earing books. After dropping out of high school, Grantham bounced around southern Ontario, trying to find his niche as a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist. 2010 saw the release of his highly idiosyncratic one-man-band debut “When I Way A Boy…“. The formation of his band Low Hanging Lights with fellow Parasite Ian Boos soon followed, and the trio (featuring drummer Aaron Bennett) have been crashing Toronto venues with their unusual, poetic punk-folk stylings ever since. They released their beautifully noisy 5-track EP Insulated Picnic Bag in 2014 just in time for Al to steer towards another solo album.

Grantham’s songs reveal the mind of an experienced wallflower; a gifted storyteller, and the adult end-result of alienated youth from small town Ontario.

Al also made an appearance on a Moon Melody record with the soul & blues release from The Broadview Band, ‘Love Is Gone Away‘, playing a guitar solo on “When You Go (That Way)”.

Al currently resides in Toronto’s west-end. You can call him up for a drink, whenever.

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Al Grantham Bandcamp
Low Hanging Lights Bandcamp

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