Naked Giants

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The Seattle trio of Grant Mullen (Vocals, Guitar), Gianni Aiello (Vocals, Bass) and Henry LaVallee (Drums) are back withe their follow up to Sluff. They don’t seem to be show signs of reining things in. The fine folks at New West will release this on 8/21. Here’s some info from the PR team.

The Shadow is an energetic and exhilarating musical rollercoaster ride. Within the first ten minutes the band has already careened through a blitz of post-punk riffing, wastoid gang shouting, a singalong anthem-for-the-disaffected, and a Talking Heads-ish funk-rock workout with bits of shimmery synth and lo-fi slide guitar riffing thrown in for good measure. The Shadow also reveals new and welcome layers to the Naked Giants sound, both musically and lyrically. The band say The Shadow “is a much more honest album than SLUFF — we’ve come to realize that the path to becoming a better person and bringing positivity into the world isn’t always linear, and there’s a lot of growth in taking an honest look at the ‘shadow-y’ parts of life. Whether it’s personal anxiety and depression or collective guilt and trauma, there’s always a part of yourself that’s hard to confront and understand. But The Shadow is all about facing that darkness and having the strength to bring it into the light.”

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Naked Giants – Sluff (album review)

by Woody on April 4, 2018

At one of the two SXSW sets I took in from Naked Giants, a DJ asked the band to use Sluff in a sentence. Here’s my attempt. Sluff is a kick-ass debut effort that rocks as hard as any debut I can remember. I commented during one of their sets, “they sound like someone dumped White Denim, Parquet Courts and Car Seat Headrest into a blender, poured the mixture into some bizarre mold and then presented it to the world.

Henry LaVallee (drums), Grant Mullen (guitar/vox) and Gianni Aiello (bass/vox) come across both live and on the record as they’re playing for themselves. Mullen will shoot out a riff and Aiello and LaVallee take that as a cue to step on the gas and go. We’re Alone sounds like the early incarnation of White Denim covering Dick Dale. TV boogies hard with some wacky lyrics that serve as an anchor for the band as they careen through the song at breakneck speeds.

So after all that, I leave you with the words of drummer Henry LaVallee, “I just want to make as much noise and have as much fun and get as sweaty as I can, and if that resonates with people, that’s who I want in my life. That’s who I want to play music for.” Count me in Henry. Count me in for sure.

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I hadn’t heard of the Seattle trio until a week or so ago. At that point, they were announced as the opener and support band for Car Seat Headrest. I checked out one song, bought their R.I.P. EP and put them on my must-see list at SXSW. Well, it appears that the fine folks at New West Records had the jump on me as they’ve signed then up for their debut LP. Simply put, these guys rock. Here’s some info on the band from the label.

Because as much as the trio – who are all in their very early 20s now – have their heads screwed on and are fiercely intelligent people, they also want to let loose and enjoy being in a band (after all, that’s kind of what being in a band with your closest friends is all about). The clash of cerebral and intelligent – the desire to say something meaningful but also just have some fun – is what underpins the very essence of who Naked Giants is. It’s a band of contradictions. Their music, which is simultaneously timeless and modern, new and old, is loud and brash and raw, but there’s a vulnerability there, too. In fact, SLUFF is a melting pot of ideas and sounds that, on paper, don’t seem like they would go together, but which form one phenomenally cohesive whole. Their music is the sum of all their influences and then some. And then some more. “What’s interesting to me,” ponders Aiello, “is we have very different influences, so when we’re all jamming it’s like being pulled apart and pushed together in so many different directions. And I think that’s a good thing.” “These are songs that we’ve played live for a long time,” explains Mullen. “We wanted to showcase the different kinds of songs we’ve written and put them all onto an album that flows together, making it tie together into something that means something.” Drummer LaVallee offers, “I just want to make as much noise and have as much fun and get as sweaty as I can. And if that resonates with people, that’s who I want in my life. That’s who I want to play music for.”

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