Granite Hands
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Granite Hands

San Antonio, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011

San Antonio, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2011
Solo Jazz Instrumental




"Local Instrumental Rocker Releases Debut Album, Don't Do It"

Here at the Current we are bombarded with endless emails and notifications from out-of-town bands on tour, regional and local bands wanting us to do write-ups for their project, tour or show their playing. Sometimes combing through it all can be a bit tedious, but every once in a while, a diamond in the rough will reveal itself, re-affirming our faith that San Antonio indeed is a hot-spot for growing local talent.

A couple days ago we received a submission from an artist that we hadn't really heard about and were absolutely blown away.

Sorush Ranjbar's project, Granite Hands is seriously a hidden gem in the local music scene here and his new album Don't Do It, which was released on June 30, absolutely deserves to see the light of day.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Ranjbar moved to San Antonio with his parents at the the tender age of one and attended Clark High School before pursuing a bachelors in bio-chemistry at UTSA.

Through failed attempts to collaborate with other musicians in high school and college, due to their lack of interest in the type of music he wanted to write, Ranjbar came to the conclusion that he maybe didn't need to lean on other musicians to execute his vision.

“I was like ‘fuck this, I’m going to learn how to do it myself" Ranjbar told the Current and explained that while he was at UTSA, he learned how to program his own drums and write material as a solo artist.

With use of live instruments and audio programs like, Reaper, Ableton Lite, and Audacity, Ranjbar constructs instrumental, jazz-fusion movements that waltz in and out of the realms of post-hardcore, djent, and atmospheric post-rock. Though his music is definitely on the avant-garde edge of rock and jazz fusion, there are moments of melodic guitar notations that lend just enough pop-aesthetic to be palatable to a broad audience.

Naming The Mars Volta and The Fall Of Troy as big influences on Don't Do It, Ranjbar demonstrates a mastery over his style of guitar playing which is punctuated with polyrhythms, staccato jabs, and swirling, almost improvisational-sounding, jazz riffs and chord progressions. It's apparent in songs like the spastic "Icicle Man," and the psychedelic corridors of the title track "Don't Do It," which tip the hat towards the guitar stylings of Omar Rodriguez Lopez from At The Drive In/Mars Volta.

Though Ranjbar has recorded, engineered and composed all his own material, he reached out to drummer Cesar De Los Santos and bassist Erik Wisloff after the release of his first EP Eventhorizon back in March 2015 to try performing some of his material live. From November 2015 to June of 2016, the three piece played a handful of shows as Granite Hands but went on a somewhat permanent hiatus after Ranjbar moved to California to pursue a job at a startup.

However, after living on the West Coast for nearly a year, Ranjbar decided he wasn’t willing to give up on his music quite yet. “I realized that this is the end of me playing music ‘cause I [wouldn’t] have time,” said Ranjbar, who eventually decided to quit his job and move back to San Antonio last month.

Ranjbar is currently hammering out plans to get a live band back together again and premiere these new songs live at a future album release show, but until then, we'll just have blast Don't Do It on repeat at the office. - The San Antonio Current

"An interview with experimental / math rocker Sorush Ranjbar"

Sorush Ranjbar, aka GRANITE HANDS is a 22 year old college student hailing out of San Antonio, Texas, who started playing guitar at the age of 13 years old, and picked up production in his twenties. He’s recently debuted his debut EP called “EventHorizon” and I am pleased to give you my interview with him, digging for some answers about his adventure with progressive music, couchsurfing trip to Spain and twisted mathy tunes. Play his debut EP and give him some love – Sorush has the ability and the passion, but I feel he just needs to team up with some fellow Texans to make this project a full band. - IDIOTEQ

"Texas one-man instrumental math rock act GRANITE HANDS make a great leap forward with his new record ‘Don’t Do It’"

Composed, produced, and recorded by IDIOTEQ featured mastermind Sorush Ranjbar, the newest record from GRANITE HANDS (ex-GRANITE), is both a logical successor to his previous work presented on ‘eventhorizon’ EP, as well as a great leap forward for a truly creative musician. A complex and incredibly adventurous piece of work that is already considered by many to be one of the best instrumental records this year. - IDIOTEQ

"From The Bandcamp Vaults #11"

Math-rock without cohesive songwriting quickly gets shut down, but Granite Hands have that special sauce of memorable tunes and stirring musicianship. Sorush Ranjbar adeptly performs every instrument on Don’t Do It with an astounding sense of harmony and dynamics. His playing balances tension and resolve, similar to the RX Bandits, and the songs form a path around beautiful melody lines. They now perform as a full band, which will certainly further their sound.

Favorite track: “Icicle Man”

Read More: From The Bandcamp Vaults #11 | - Invisible Oranges

"5 Songs We Loved This Week | 3rd November 2017"

The name of this one man project might suggest that the music there-in is sluggish and basic. It is anything both. Granite Hands is a math influenced inspired project that also touches on flourishes of post hardcore and even jazz. It is a dexterous and energetic endeavour that bounces and blasts in equal measure. Go check more out on Bandcamp. - Overblown

"10 Songs From San Antonio Artists That Pair Well With The Cold"

If you're not familiar with the technical riffing of Sorush Ranjbar in his indie rock/math rock project Granite Hands, "Don't Do It" is sort of the perfect introduction to it. Guiding listeners down twisting corridors of jazz chords and unpredictable melodies, Ranjbar, on his Bandcamp page says "Icicle Man" was actually written when he was living an apartment in California that had a bad electricity and anytime he turned on the heater the power would go out, leaving him to endure 43º weather. - The San Antonio Current

"New Songs from Local Artists That Will Make Your Summer Shine"

Opening the explosive second album from Sorush Ranjbar's project Granite Hands, "Don't Do It" manages to touch on everything from indie-pop to free-jazz, and even post-hardcore. With a guitar playing style reminiscent of Omar Rodriguez Lopez circa early- Mars Volta this track retains a cohesiveness despite its genre acrobatics. - The San Antonio Current


Don't Do It LP - July 2017
eventhorizon EP - March 2015
Maelstrom Single - May 2011



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