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Grism - Number One

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from the debut album
'Social Obligations'
by Grism
released in 2012

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. The album was recorded at Flat Black Studios in Iowa City over a two year period and mastered by Carl Saff in Chicago. 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 released two video singles from the album on Youtube. 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.



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
nineteen forty-niners
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.


from Coolzey Sampler Platter 2016, track released July 30, 2012
Zachary Lint - guitar and vox
Grace Locke-Ward - drums and vox
Rachel Feldmann - bass and vox
Kate Kane - guitar and vox




Coolzey Los Angeles, California

Golden era hip-hop roots planted in black Iowa dirt are the foundation. Growth tempered by alternative era rock influence. This along with a love for the juxtaposition of the dark, horrific nature of life paired with a slapstick and comedic view of the world allow for a wide, unpredictable arsenal ranging from soul-spilling indie bedroom rock to wise-cracking battle rap and on to radio pop. ... more


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