Samia

May 11, 2024

Grand Jury turns 10, Samia celebrates with Twin Peaks cover

This year marks 10 years in business for Grand Jury Music.

For seven of those years, Samia has been releasing music via our little record label. To celebrate the anniversary, we’ve asked a few artists new and old across the roster to cover their favorite songs from the catalog.

When approached, Samia immediately selected “Making Breakfast” from Twin Peaks’ touchstone 2014 release, Wild Onion. It was the first release on Grand Jury, and officially turns 10 this August.

“Wild Onion was like a lightning strike of a record,” says Samia. “And Making Breakfast is just a perfectly-written song, painfully simple and effortlessly cool…I hope we did it justice.”

There’ll be more decade-capping celebrations to come later this year. In the meantime, catch Samia on the road opening for Bleachers beginning later this week.

dog eyes

April 23, 2024

NEW SIGNING: dog eyes

We try to listen to every demo submission we ever get. But over the past ten years, we’ve never signed a band out of the info@grandjurymusic.com pile. Until now.

Today we couldn’t be happier that we opened the email from Oakland’s dog eyes – the lo-fi duo of Davis Leach and Hailey Firstman. Their first Grand Jury single, which follows their 2022 debut album a good proper send off, is the playfully off-kilter “fair.” It’s anchored by a hooky bassline and a warbly acoustic guitar jangle in the verses, but kicks into a beautiful second gear with choruses of ethereal twee that find the middle ground between K Records and Slumberland, coordinates on the musical map we’d never really thought to visit before.

Paste premiered the song & video above this morning, calling the song “a green-as-grass folk track with cosmic vocal harmonies that sound like acid-covered flannel shirts come alive. It’s a truly delightful sound to behold, as dog eyes reckon with a relationships and friendships now-separated but, in the eyes of hope, never fully surrendered.”

We’ll have plenty more from dog eyes soon. For now, enjoy!

 

Sex Week

April 15, 2024

NEW SIGNING: Sex Week

Today we welcome the duo of Pearl Amanda Dickson and Richard Orofino – aka Sex Week – to the Grand Jury family.

We stumbled over their first single “Toad Mode” in November of last year and it immediately charmed us. Languid slowcore with a touch of levity – think Bedhead or Pinback minus the tendencies toward self-seriousness. Little did we know what more lurked beneath…

Today, paired with our signing announcement, is a new single called “Angel Blessings.” Where “Toad Mode” was playful and patient, the latest Sex Week offering is dark and insistent. From the jump it pokes and prods, and its INLAND EMPIRE-inspired video does the same. Stark blacks and reds match the song’s mood, and in its back half you’re treated to a hallmark of the new music Dickson & Orofino are working on, the bewitching doubled vocal of Pearl, one performing a distant black metal scream, the other whispering softly in your ear. It’s very, very good.

Long story short: we’re terribly excited. And we hope you are too. Read more about them over on their Artist Page.

Welcome home, Sex Week.

Native Sun

March 25, 2024

Native Sun release new single, “Too Late”

Native Sun just burnt Austin, TX to the ground (SXSW photos over @ Rolling Stone), and have spent the past month or so riding the roads alongside beloved Captured Tracks post-punks Thus Love.

After returning to New York last week, the band celebrates with a new single, “Too Late,” a soundtrack for the city they call home.

“’It’s too late and I don’t care!’ A rallying cry for the downtrodden who choose to persevere in spite of an uncertain future,” says Native Sun frontman Danny Gomez of the new song. “Dedicated to the streets of the city, its narrators and their untold stories. Optimism is resistance.”

The punchy production, courtesy of living legend Walter Schreifels (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools), creates a unique mesh of soaring guitars and tight percussion – an even more refined highwire act than the band’s previous EP, which Schreifels also helmed.

“Since working with Native Sun on their debut EP “Off With Their Heads” this is the fiery rock and roll anthem I was hoping for and needed,” says Schreifels. “With all the energy, swagger and panache ”Too Late” charges ahead with bigger ambition, catchier choruses and musical twists that’ll grab you by the collar and toss you in the pit like a damn doll.”

The single arrives with a Tim Nagle-directed music video, fittingly shot across iconic NYC backdrops, subway stops and beyond. The band has a few upcoming shows amidst those same backdrops, and a handful of additional North Eastern gigs, all listed below.

03/27 – Troy, NY @ No Fun *
03/28 – Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s *
03/29 – Brooklyn Made @ Brooklyn, NY *
03/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy *
04/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus #
04/12 – Brattleboro, VT @ The Stone Church ^
05/31 – Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
06/01 – Northhampton, MA @ Field Day Festival &

* w/ THUS LOVE
# w/John Reis (Hot Snakes & Drive Like Jehu)
^ w/ The Muckers
& w/ Indigo de Souza, Geese, Nation of a Language, Sheer Mag

dad sports

January 12, 2024

dad sports returns with “take yr time,” expanded EP 12″


It’s been nearly three years since we released I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!!, the debut EP from dad sports. Today, the Ottawa dream pop project –now solely helmed by Miguel Plante– returns with “take yr time.” Built using one of their oldest keyboards and a bass line made of their detuned vocal, it eschewing the project’s previous guitar-driven pep for a mostly electronic composition and still manages to be dad sports’ most earnest & personal offering yet.

Plante says of the new single: “I wrote this song right after releasing my last project in 2021 when I felt stuck and unsure where to go next. I shelved it and kept if for myself, listening to it when I needed a reminder that I am allowed to take time to make art I am proud of. A sort of comfort song for just myself.”

“Unplugging from music for the last couple of years has given me time to reflect on why I make music, and for who. The process of creating is so opaque and abstract; it seems hard to feel like you are progressing when you are not always coming out the other side with something to show for it. This song sort of acts as a celebration of the idea that your pace can only be set by you. Take your time, you’ll be alright.”

In other exciting news, we’ll be pressing I AM JUST A BOY LEAVE ME ALONE !!! on vinyl for the first time ever. It will arrive on May 10th, but is available for pre-order starting today – over on Bandcamp or directly above. The B-side of the release will include all previously released dad sports singles, including “take yr time,” making for a complete collection. First pressing of 500 copies exclusively on opaque hot pink vinyl, also including a 12×12 lyric sheet inner sleeve.

Native Sun

December 8, 2023

Native Sun end year with double sided remix release, Off With Our Heads: The Remixes

Today, Native Sun return with the addendum to their early 2023 EP Off With Our Heads. A two-song remix release featuring NYC rock royalty new and old in the form of A Place To Bury Strangers & Pure Adult. APTBS unleash “Called The Doctor” like a schizoid, fuzzed-out spinning top, vocals searing on top of the madness. Meanwhile Pure Adult add a stuttering beat and smokey energy to the jangly “When She.” Both songs are available to stream everywhere now.

And catch the band later this month doing a few more shows in the Northeast – in NYC tomorrow, and later this month with the mighty Witch up in Vermont.

Arcy Drive

October 30, 2023

Arcy Drive announce Beach Plum EP, coming this Friday, November 3rd

This Friday Arcy Drive will release Beach Plum, a five-song EP featuring previously-released singles “Time Shrinks” & “Wicked Styley.” Produced by Jon Gilbert, it’s a remarkably concise statement from a group of friends who’ve been a band for less than two years. From the bittersweet backbeat heavy rock of “Liquor Lips” to the twinkling contemplation of “Desert Song,” the band covers some serious ground. Perhaps no more than on the track that arrives today with the announcement, “Superbloomer” a sprawling multi-part epic that was only finished last month. Listen below.

“This song came about on the final day of a couple week long trip out to the desert in April,” the band says. “We held off working on it until we had the chance to get into the attic and really jam it out. In September we were home and had a week off of tour, which was our chance to hit the attic and piece it together. We sweated it out in the attic that (that felt significantly hotter than the desert) and then hopped on the bus again with a new song in the set. We adjusted it some more after playing live and by the time we were driving through California (last month) we decided it was time to record it. This is our first desert/attic song lol. Play loooouud and we hope you vibe with it.”

01 Superbloomer
02 Liquor Lips
03 Time Shrinks
04 Desert Song
05 Wicked Styley

Pre-save Beach Plum here.

Jordana

October 17, 2023

Jordana set to support TV Girl on upcoming sold out tour

She’s still in the midst of an incredible sold out tour with Dev Lemons, but today Jordana announced that she’ll be joining the one and only TV Girl for their sold out winter run later this year. It marks the second time Jordana has embarked on a tour with the band, the last one resulting in everyone’s favorite collaborative EP, Summer’s Over.

Remaining copies of that freshly-two-year-old 12″ are dwindling fast (snap yours here), so keep your eyes peeled for an update on when and where you might be able to get more.

Full list of dates below.

Samia

September 26, 2023

Samia enlists Ruston Kelly to Reimagine “Dream Song”

Font Page Photo Credit: Pooneh Ghana

Today Samia enlists the help of Ruston Kelly for his rendition of “Dream Song,” the latest addition to the Honey Reimagined Single Series – the gorgeously simple take on the album closer joins past installments from Hovvdy, Maya Hawke & Blondshell.

In other cover news, Samia recently stopped by Maida Vale studios while touring the UK to perform a BBC Radio 1 session for Jack Saunders. While there she mashed up her Baby album-opener Pool with Lana Del Rey’s classic breakthrough “Video Games.” The results are immaculate, and you can listen to that (and the rest of the session) right here.

This weekend Samia will be opening a sold out Boygenius show at the Mann in Philly, before hitting All Things Go festival then embarking on a run of support dates for the universe’s current favorite singer-songwriter Noah Kahan. In the middle of all that, she also might be filming a little something special at a tiny desk somewhere…

Stay tuned.

Arcy Drive

September 22, 2023

Arcy Drive’s new single “Time Shrinks” is everywhere today

Today Arcy Drive are back with, “Time Shrinks,” the follow-up to the raucous garage of “Wicked Styley.” This one finds Nick departing the electric fretboard in favor of acoustic guitar strums, also coaxing Brooke from behind the kit to harmonize on a track that feels like a real surprise from the young band.

FLOOD Magazine, who premiered the track yesterday, praised it for bringing to mind “the upbeat indie-folk scene of the early-’10s as well as more pop-influenced bands on a nearby orbit, such as Grouplove.”

“It’s our first acoustic track,” the band says. “Although we have an indie sound, the roots of our songwriting is largely credited to folk music. Time Shrinks is a folkier, simple, and light hearted song that was written for anyone in their early twenties who is having trouble finding their place. We had great time bringing this song to life, and hope Uncle Neil would be happy.”

In other news, check out the live lyric video for “Wicked Styley” below, and grab tickets to the remaining dates of the Stattic Tour.