October 5th, 2007 | by LocalCut News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Band Name of the Week: Hippie Grenade

     
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lovegrenadeSo, I made some mention in the last edition of Band Name of the Week--which congratulated Abracadaver on its magically morbid name--that the band in question sounds a lot like Cursive. Apparently, that kinda pissed Abracadaver off. In fact, it seems like much of what I said pissed 'em off. At the very least, there's a defensive tone (but they also thanked me for the thoughts and exposure). See for yourself: Here's what the Turner, Ore. band had to say regarding last week's post and its band name:

First off, yes, we do like to drink Busch during practice. So shoot us. Now that that's straightened out, we can get down to business. Abracadaver has been around for awhile now, Derek Vaslev and Brian Briles have been making music since 2001. Cadaver finally took off early '07 when we found Andrew Rasmussen. Two months later, we recorded "Track 1" and "Sleeping in Sin." A lot has changed since then, though. We now have a new drummer, and have decided to get a full-time bassist because both of us wanted to play guitar instead of having to switch instruments, due to us being a 3-piece band. We are now in the process of recording a new album as a 4-piece. The sound is still very much "Abracadaver" but with a sort of Horror rock twist...just wait you'll see. And as for us sounding like Cursive or Derek ripping of Isaac Brock's style of singing, what can we say.

We have sounded like this for quite some time, this is our style of music, and we very much enjoy it. It's not like we run around trying to steal the sounds of some bands we like and throw them together and hope for the best, so kill me for being influenced.

P.S. As for the band name, it's a damn band name. We don't do magic or hang out with dead bodies, it's just a name... There may be other bands out there named Abracadaver, but that's no reason to change it. That's who we are. We sure as hell wouldn't change it to neon hunk, that's for sure.


Now, let us delve head first into the five-headed funk-rock beast that is San Francisco's Hippie Grenade. When I first saw this band's name, I thought it was most likely a hippie-hating reference, as in a grenade intended to harm hippies. Now, after listening to the eclectic, self-proclaimed "uncomparable" band's music, I'm confused on a number of levels:

One, I can't decide whether they're kinda rad or pretty buttrockin' bad (my guess is somewhere in-between, though it's clear the band is skilled at what it's doing; my issue of one of taste). Two, I can't decide if I like frontman Bhi Bhiman's vocals, which range from Thin Lizzy-esque to Black Sabbath-y to something else altogether, or not. Three, I no longer have any idea what the name is supposed to evoke. The band lists Parliament Funkadelic, Sly Stone, Soundgarden and the Dead among its influences, which hints at a decidedly hippie-friendly groove (okay, maybe not the Soundgarden part, but the rest fits).

Still, Hippie Grenade verges into metal territory and a dozen other styles, as well, so it's just hard to say what the name's intent is. Perhaps it's supposed to indicate the sonic effect of putting a bunch of hippie-leaning genres together and blowing 'em up with the ever-powerful, naturally explosive rawk. Hopefully we'll see when the band gets back to BNotW next week!

Links:
Hippie Grenade'Space
Hippie Grenade on the web

Hippie Grenade plays Saturday, Oct. 6, with Drunk On Power and Grenadiers of Doom (another excellent band name) at the Red Room. 9 pm. Free. 21+. Hippie Grenade also plays Sunday, Oct. 7, with Fate or Fortune and City Druid (jeez, another good one) at the Tonic Lounge. 9:30 pm. Cover. 21+. Image: a somewhat Green Day-esque love grenade of sorts, compliments of a Google image search.
 
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