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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: The Electric Grandmother (these are all English words...?)
Recommended if you like: I mean, nothing, but we're most influenced by Ween, the Ramones, Bowie, and Eno
Story behind your band/artist name: Pete was in a band based in Cleveland when he moved to Hawaii and struggled to meet local musicians after relocating. He'd toyed with the idea of starting a solo project "until he moved back to the mainland" (and it eventually became his life's work). Randomly, we were talking about the Electric Grandmother TV movie one day and he remarked that it would be a good band name. So I suggested that he call his not-yet-embarked solo project the Electric Grandmotherand the rest is history.
Band Members: Pete Faust - lead vocals, synth, drum machine, misc.; Mary Alice Hamnett - backup vocals, lyrical editor, live visuals, eye candy, "a billion intangibles"
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We moved to the DC region for day-job reasons 6 years ago. We had family and a few friends already here, so it was a natural fit. We've lived in upper northwest all our time here, but Pete spent summers with his family in the Wheaton area as a kid. I took one touristy strip when I was 14 and we stayed with family in Falls Church.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. For about ten minutes in 2011 a lot of Ethiopian restaurants hosted local music as a way to set themselves apart from other Ethiopian restaurants. I think this wasn't a terrible marriage for alt-country/acoustic or even inoffensive indie rock bands, but we didn't exactly--fit. But it was right after we moved here and we were really anxious to have a place to play (aside from our very first show at Velvet Lounge), so we signed up for a residency at the now-departed Dynasty on 14th St. It was kind of cool at first and the regulars seemed fascinated and got up and danced right away the first time we played there, but on our around week 3 we started to wear out our welcome and most of the regulars would clear out when we went on. The best part was when our friends in Mobius Strip (RIP them too) blew out the place's PA. There was smoke and everything!
2. So this hasn't been released to the public yet, but to accompany our next album, we have produced two short films that will feature members of DC's music and arts community. The films are related to the album insofar as the album tells the story of a man who loses his mind because his favorite cop drama is cancelled, so we wrote and produced an episode of it and a "rival" show. Our lead single for the album (which is the song I'm submitting) is the favorite show's theme song ("Police Department") and the music video will be an extended opening credits sequence featuring Frank Gomez of Psychic Subcreatures, Johnny Fantastic of (a ton of bands and his pet project) Stronger Sex, Paul Tsiaperas of Catscan! and performance artist Renee Reagan. Also my good friend Fran. :)
3. I dunno, I think my first two are pretty good.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: So the big deal coming up is our new album and album release on September 6 at the Black Cat. We are putting a lot of focus on setting ourselves apart this time. As I've indicated above, we have composed an album that tells the tragic story of a man who loses his mind because his favorite cop drama gets cancelled. The album, of course is titled "Cancelled." This probably sounds silly conceptually, and it should because we are who we are, but it's actually the darkest, most serious work we've ever put out. The story will evoke a sense of the worst kind of loss in life--the loss of the thing that makes you happiest.
The thematic departure has also come with it an effort to branch out artistically. The film projects are a big part of this, but we are also putting more effort into the multimedia/visual components of our stage show as well. As I mentioned, we produced an episode of our hero's favorite TV show, called "Police Department" along with one of a rival cop drama, called "Cop Force."
We have always been different. We are known for a genre we invented called sitcom-core, where we perform songs mostly about our favorite TV shows and movies of our childhood against the backdrop of a visual accompaniment I put together.
We will accept nothing less than completely outdoing ourselves twice over in this new direction we are taking. On September 6 we will be playing the entire album in a one-night only engagement and will be showing both short films in their entirety.
Because we are attempting such a left turn, we really want to harness the support of local media, which has never been something we're good at naturally (despite being super cool and super nice). We are trying, for the time being, to keep a lot of our plans somewhat on the down-low, so there is not a lot of information on our website yet and our songs won't be available digitally until late August, but please feel free to contact me directly with any questions or for any more detail. Thanks in advance.
Official Website URL: https://www.electricgrandmother.com/
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/electricgrandmother/
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7DXDs3ZJTxyW2TqwSugK7d
Main Genre: Pop
Other Genres: We really are indie pop, but not in an annoying way.