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Grieves

November 11, 2017
8:30 pm
Mystic Theatre

$ 14.00 - $17.00 / Age All Ages Additional Info: When asked if he always knew he'd end up being a rapper, Benjamin Laub-better known as Grieves-can only laugh. "Oh no, not really," he says, "I was in bands and stuff, but I grew up listening mainly to Punk stuff. It wasn't until I got a little older that Hip-Hop really started to happen for me." When Grieves first heard artists like Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan, he remembers being drawn to their sound. "Hearing all the samples and stuff from records that I heard my dad play when I was a kid You start to hear the connections. When I discovered people like Atmosphere, it was like hearing somebody speak their truth in a way that related to me. That's when I first started to think about Hip-Hop as a way to really talk about what was happening in my life. Hard to believe that now, over a decade later, that's actually what I'm still doing."OnRunning Wild, Grieves' fifth proper full-length, the Seattle based musician manages to balance the dueling impulses that fuel both his live shows and his previous releases: the need to cut loose and the need to vent. Grieves wants to have a good time while also keeping shit real and honest. While previous efforts like 2011'sTogether/Apartand 2014'sWinter & The Wolvesmight have leaned heavily in the direction of darkness-taking on subjects like addiction, heartbreak, and poverty-the new record introduces some much-needed levity to the proceedings. "I remember a review of one of my records where they were like, 'This guy sounds like he's hella intense and really shitty to hang out with.' I'm like, 'What the fuck?' It's actually the opposite. I wanted this record to reflect that a little more."Recorded in Stockholm alongside Swedish producer Chords (aka rapper Jens Eric Resch Thomason), the fifteen tracks onRunning Wilddo exactly what the album title would imply. Tracks like "Gutz" and "No Sleep" are classic Grieves ruminations on anxiety and romantic bust-ups ("I think about you and sayf--- you, then you come over and I f--- you" he raps on the former), but the record-which features only a handful of guests, all from Seattle-stretches out in a number of surprising directions. Tracks like "Faded" and "RX" experiment with fluttering trap beats, while songs like "What it Dew" and album-closer "5,000 Miles" offer the rich guitar tones and humming organs that one might expect on a classic soul record. It's a kind of openness-both sonically and thematically-that Laub attributes to how and where the record was made. Tickets: http://www.ticketweb.com/fb/7570795/mystic

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