Bands can be a dime a dozen in Music City, and album release parties are more like a nickel. So when an exceptional band puts out a good album, the occasion calls for something extra — like maybe a costume party. That's what The Grayces are throwing tonight at East Nashville's The 5 Spot, kicking off the national tour in support of their new album Social Shock.
The record marks an advance for the band, and not just because it's their first full-length. Guitarist/ vocalist Iz Stone, bassist Patrick Ward and drummer Gaelen Mitchell still deliver plenty of garage-y guitar riffs, fuzzed-up bass, minimalist solos and sing-along choruses. But Stone makes up in swagger what her alto lacks in range, whether using a cabaret singer's world-weary croon in “No Sense In Crying” and “Like The Way” or squeaking like a squeeze toy on “Ricky” and “Eleanor.”
The night caps a good week for the Grayces, who just closed a successful $2,500 Kickstarter fundraiser at $2,565 on Oct. 26. The money will finance the group's tour, starting in November. In the meantime, joining them tonight are Fuckshow and — whoa! — Dave Cloud and his Gospel of Power. I only have one request: Someone please go dressed up like a box of wine.