Over its eight years performing in Knoxville, Grandpa’s Stash has seen numerous breakups and lineup changes. Releasing its first album in November 2012, the band’s turbulent times appear to be behind them as the current iteration maintains focus on the short-term goals of a sophomore release and expanding its out-of-town performances.
Bassist Niles Haury, one of the sextet’s three remaining original members, describes the act’s formation as a gradual accumulation of strangers through Knoxville open-mic sessions. The inconsistency of the Grandpa’s Stash roster that ensued for years allegedly was the result of alcohol and strong wills.
As might be expected, the early music put out by the group lacked direction, with descriptions ranging from jam to metal to swamp rock. With the Stash’s recent additions of vocalist/guitarist Scott Faw and drummer Nathan Gilleran (both in their second stints with the band) and lead guitarist Andrew Sayne, the group has cemented its bluesy, horn-heavy throwback rock style. While much of the band’s catalog was established prior to the new lineup, it was the reimagining of the material by new members that solidified a consistent sound. Without any recordings or tangible references to its early work, the latest incarnation has carte blanche to shape the old songs to fit new strengths and tastes.
“Not having recorded ever, with every break, we lacked the chance to hand our sound to a new member and ask them to learn this,” explains Haury. “We have only really heard ourselves live for almost eight years — crazy to consider. And so again, to the tune of vulnerability we, the remaining, have had to accept interpretation of the originals, not, ‘Play it like this,’ but, ‘We are playing this, see what you can play.’ Some songs have been filmed by friends, and so some carry-over is there, but mostly organic music styling.”
“The previous lineup was a darker sound with a single voice,” Faw elaborates. “The sound has expanded to include three vocal parts, slide guitar, more piano and an occasional extra horn line. Also, between (Andrew) and myself, we don’t really play any of the metal guitar parts that you may have heard in previous years.
“As an outsider looking in to being a member of the band, I believe there is now less internal tension that seemed to come out in the singing and music of the previous lineup. I attribute our new stability and direction to a more consistent and goal-focused approach as well as a change in personality. Andrew and Nathan bring a light-hearted, easygoing approach that was never there before but was always needed.”
Grandpa’s Stash debuted “Where Does It End” mere months ago, but despite the near decade it took the band to produce, the outfit hopes to release a follow-up within the year. The release proved a pivotal moment for the act, further motivating it to professionally get on the ball. “Where Does It End” featured roughly two-thirds old material and one-third new, but with the more recent creations eliciting the best response, Grandpa’s Stash is eager to compile its second outing from songs originating from its current roster.
“The style is shifting now, but some of the newest songs are getting the best responses at the show,” Haury points out.
“I believe the lineup is more secure now because of the difference in success,” says Faw. “Since Andrew, Nathan and myself have joined the band, we have recorded a full-length album, made a music video, created a website, developed merchandise, increased our pay rate, established a brand, developed a social media presence and played bigger shows including a show on Market Square — which will be repeated on April 13 — and shows out of town, including Asheville, Nashville and Memphis. Also, we have established goals for the band, including touring and generating a substantial income for ourselves and to invest back into the band.”
Saturday night Grandpa’s Stash takes the stage at Preservation Pub with House of Fools. The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $5.
Freight is enough: The Hotshot Freight Train joins Rachel Brooke for a show at The Well Friday night. Music is slated for 9 p.m. and costs $7.
X marks the spot: Monday night The Longbranch Saloon hosts Exsected, XhonorX, Centric and Enchiridion. The show kicks off at 8 p.m.
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