Grism is an entity developed when Zachary Lint kept writing rock songs that didn’t seem to fit into the world of his alter-ego Coolzey. Iowa City friends and Public School Records label-mates Rachel Feldmann and Kate Kane from Lipstick Homicide and Grace Locke-Ward from Petit Mal joined forces with our protagonist to breath life into a debut venture: Social Obligations. If the umbrella of Coolzey is much wider, covering ground from true-school hip hop, 4-track indie rock and blues, alt-country and pop that ranges in style from Beck to Kanye West, Social Obligations provides a sharper focal point musically, dwelling in a decidedly straightforward rock and roll that could only have existed between 1990 and the present, inhabiting areas between Superchunk and Nirvana, between Built to Spill and Bikini Kill. Over the past two years the album was recorded at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago, and amazing Bay Area artist Jennifer Hennesy finished the artwork at the close of 2011 to complete the product. Grism toured America in the summer of 2011 and this winter has recently released two video singles from the album (in the right column). Both videos were shot by Geoff Boothby and edited by Jason Hennesy. The video for Number One was staged inside the legendary Iowa City Mill and features a cast of locals who showed up for free hot wings and beer. The split video takes place insides Zach’s current remodel project in southeastern Iowa. Zach is currently working on two new Coolzey projects, writing screenplays, and remodeling a house in southeastern Iowa. Rachel and Kate have been enjoying a current growth of interest through much touring with Lipstick Homicide and a spot on the new compilation from pop-punk icon Lookout Records “The Thing That Ate Larry Livermore”, and Grace was hired to be the drumming “Ly” for pop sensations Leslie and the Lys and continues to create handmade apparel and cat toys for her crafting entities Too Bad Mice and Skirt. Grism is currently writing their follow-up album.
released 30 July 2012
Zachary Lint - guitar and vox
Grace Locke-Ward - drums and vox
Rachel Feldmann - bass and vox
Kate Kane - guitar and vox
Clayton Schunneman - guitar
Jason Hennesy - guitar
Brendan Spengler - keys
Without a hope and left alone to cope, I always hoped I'd be relentless. I cut the rope and I fell into the world. Little did I know that it would be relentless.
Well I got a job and I couldn't take it to long but like it or not I kept on looking for a shortcut. I found a girl but I don't think she believes me. My head's in a whirl. I'm having trouble sleeping and eating.
I need a loop on guitar or MPC on repeat so I can sleep. Relentless. If I should die I would hope to stay that way. Otherwise life would always stay relentless.
Well I read a book and it seemed to contain what I'm after but on second look I couldn't find that particular chapter. I took some drugs and I had some revelations but they didn't stick so I wrote this song and it seemed to do the trick.
Track Name: Number One
Inside out and over again
You put the upside down and you push on the end and
a million entertainers are filling their containers
with the leftover scraps from the buffet table and
I'm a million and one
Spit the old gold mantra from the diffident sun
The indifferent one
til you try to take it back
then you have em at attention
Of all the crazy things we've done this has to rank as number one
Well I found out that it's over again
and I'm not surprised no I never have been
and all the stone cold miners
couldn't put my ass back together again
Hail the prodigal son
He only came home just to get his gun
It's time to settle the score
but they keep on coming back
cus the policy's open door
It's not our time
We don't wanna wait in line
I don't wanna drink the wine
Of all the crazy things we've done this has to rank as number one.