Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grand As 'Owt part 2

(Continued from previous post) Grand Royal wasn't just about winsome acoustics, though.  At the other end of the spectrum from Josephine Wiggs et al were Alec Empire's compatriots.  Empire, the prime mover behind Germany's Digital Hardcore Records, caught the eye of Mike D and thus Digital Hardcore artists including Shizuo, Atari Teenage Riot and Ec8or also released albums through Grand Royal.  You can hear Ec8or's I Don't Wanna Be A Part of This (from the album All Of Us Can Be Rich-GR047) below.

At The Drive-In were equally noisy, and were arguably, along with Luscious Jackson, Grand Royal's most successful act that weren't the Beastie Boys themselves.  Though they imploded just as they were on the verge of a commercial breakthrough, their album Relationship of Command was one of the label's stand-outs, and presaged the success that bassist Omar Rodríguez-López and drummer Cedric Bixler-Zavala would enjoy with The Mars Volta.  The pair also recorded for Grand Royal as De Facto, a dub reggae outfit.  One Armed Scissor by At The Drive In is below.





BS 2000 were Amery "AWOL" Smith and Adam Horovitz, and their two albums for the label gave Ad-Rock the chance to goof off and record relatively quickly.  Simply Mortified, their second, is a great listen, and none of its 21 songs outstay their welcome- only two are over 3 minutes long.  You can hear Wait A Minute below, and it's typical of the album: short, punchy,  daft, repetitive, simple.

Download I Don't Wanna Be A Part of This by Ec8or (mp3)
Download One Armed Scissor by At The Drive In (mp3)
Download Wait A Minute by BS 2000 (mp3)

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