Grapetooth announce s/t debut album for 11/9 release

by Woody on September 14, 2018

Photo by Alex Hupp

Grapetooth, the Chicago duo of Chris Bailoni and Clay Franke, have been creating quite the buzz round here. Their live shows are supposed to be absurd in all the right ways. As I told their PR guru, their synth-based music is pretty far removed from my typical wheelhouse; yet I find myself oddly intrigued by them. Here’s some more info from the aforementioned PR Guru.

The two don’t remember clearly how they met, but Frankel, home from tour with garage rock outfit Twin Peaks, began dropping in at Bailoni’s residence in the winter of 2015. The two began writing spontaneous songs in Bailoni’s synth laden bedroom studio, which had long stood as the base of operations for his own wonderfully weird solo and producer work as Home-Sick.

By 2016 the two friends were sharing an apartment, along with a growing fondness for red wine, bad weather, and the music of Yukihiro Takahashi. Though still without a name or any intention to release their music, as roommates the two collaborated more and more often, at all hours of the day and night. Soon they had quite a score, and agreed to play a show opening for their close friend Knox Fortune for his upcoming album release show. They chose the name Grapetooth, an affectionate slang term for a wino, and decided to make a video in support of the upcoming show for their song “Trouble,” one of the earliest songs the two had written together. Like the song itself, which had been written and recorded in the course of one night inside Bailoni’s bedroom, the video was similarly unplanned and on the cheap, and they posted it online without further ado. The reception was encouraging, and the pair went back to the bedroom and focused on completing their debut album.

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