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Published: 2007/08/06
by Jared Hecht

Grimace Federation, Knitting Factory- 7/19

Packing two drummers, two guitarists, a bassist, and a vibraphonist on a tiny stage
may provide for visual clutter, but in the case of the Grimace Federation there
is infinite space in their musical delivery. Providing a brief yet engrossing performance
at the Knitting Factory’s main stage, this young Philadelphia sextet gave a glimpse
into the future of what live music can ultimately become. Grimace can be likened
to a theatrical performance, two drummers situated front and center facing each
other, battling their kits with utmost ferocity, dually syncopated with precision.
A vibraphonist switching back and forth between keys and his mallets while two guitarists
stand back juxtaposed by a bassist. It’s visually stunning, a modern Stomp sans
tap dancing but packed with just as much directed energy.

As exciting as it was to watch Grimace Federation, the band’s music was even more
captivating. It’s smooth and mellifluous, something that would provide for a soundtrack
to everyday life (on a nice and sunny day at least). Opening with "Prog Fuck
Core," Grimace immediately showed their musical prowess. There were no segues,
every song was exact, stripped down to the core and then layered for maximum effectiveness.

Showing the crowd that they could expand from their original instrumental style,
Grimace Federation delved into the Peter, Bjorn, and John cover "Young Folks."
Their spin was fun and engaging, the entire crowd was receptive to it, yet few were
aware of its origins. In fact there was little that distinguished it from Grimace’s
original tunes. It’s a remarkable thing when a band develops its own unique and
discernible sound at the beginning of its career. That is precisely what Grimace
Federation has accomplished. Concluding their disturbingly short forty-five minute
show with "5,6,7,9," the band left their fans eager for more. Unfortunately,
these boys weren’t even the headliners, yet forty-five minutes was all it took for
Grimace Federation to win over the Knitting Factory. I can only imagine what they
could do to New York City with a full show.

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Deepak April 22, 2012, 10:32:20

I can’t thank you enough for tkaing these pictures of us. I can’t wait to show Dean & my girls pics of how much they were wanted and loved. You are such an incrediable photographer!!

Flandre April 24, 2012, 00:33:23

)(and would rather adsedrs it freely rather than in this sequence but I will do it anyway)wouldn’t at least a good number of them starve initially, at least until natural selection If I forget to mention we are talking about ONE seven year old girl who is thinking about what she is eating and if she were to give up eating meat entirely, I think it just a bit over dramatic to suggest the entire food chain on this planet is going to collapse.In other words, you are framing this question in such a way, much like Alexander, one doesn’t really feel like responding but let’s point out a couple things.One: in America, when it comes to meat , we are talking COWS, PIGS, SHEEP, and well, lets throw in BIRDS and FISH so the snooty vegans don’t get their nose out of joint.But mostly the above mammals.And these animals are RAISED exclusively (for the most part) so people like you can have them killed so you can eat them.They are not really part of the food chain , and maybe this is where I could break out into point two but what the heck, paragraphs are still free, but let me say here that I wonder aloud if you GOT TO BE KIDDING in suggesting you care about the animals you were going to eat tommorw or next week anyway. Again: these cows and sheeps and pigs would not be on this planet except for people want to eat them.At which point I would like to interject (since you little princess isn’t likely to read this comment) I would want to know how well you apparently learned to lay down this guilt trip on a seven year old.Maybe that is my third point remind me if I miss it. Maybe you better pass along what really WOULD happen, and cite some sources, so we can have a more informed conversation the next time it comes up.Pot/kettle/black. I don’t see your sources, either. I know you are refering (above) to an exchange between you and your daughter but now you are asking be for citations when I have already suggest in a very broad sense that much of the world resources are tied up in producing meat for you to eat and that is I think we can agree not a hypothetical situation where your is- how should I know what would happen if all the cows, pigs, and sheeps (oh yes, let’s try to remember what you said you told your seven year old, not that they would die (or be eaten) but that they would starve to death.Since it is going to happen, it is silly to speculate what would happen but they certainly would not starve to death- we know if suddenly overnight meat eaters saw the light and stopped eating flesh entirely a switch , as it were the animals would either live to a ripe old age trying to eat up all that feed that wasn’t going to be used for the next round of animals, or the tightwad owners would put a bullet in the brain, whack them upside the head with a sledge hammer, or slice their throat and let them bleed to death.You know, like they do now.END OF PART ONE.

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