Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit

Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit

 London, Ontario, CAN
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Indie rock love songs exposing the tales of pain and love in the history of the human condition while poking fun and picking wounds. EP’s,CD,and DVD highlight the mix of energy and pathos. Thanks, always, to Ween,The Fall,Joy Division,Television,The Talking Heads,The Magnetic Fields,and The Who.

Biography

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AS IT GOES AND HAS GONE

In past bands such as Mum, Chop That Wood, and The Curiousity Shop, the combined members of Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit have been making independent music for more than 40 years. Like their predecessors The Demics, The Nihilist Spasm Band, and The New Grand - and like their contemporaries The Two Minute Miracles, The Constantines, The Parkas, and Raised by Swans - Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit continues a legacy of rock and roll to be fuelled in London Ontario.

In their four years together in a band the dynamic between Noel and Shawn to write music has been supported by the tales of pain and love in the history of the human condition. Noel sings these stories like a vaudeville performer and his charisma makes both boys and girls swoon. The on-stage magnetism between Shawn and Noel is electric.

A catalogue of over 30 original tracks captures influences from the best of rock and pop: Chuck Berry guitars, 13th Floor Elevators psychedelia, and sweet 3-part pathos-filled harmonies over upbeat, danceable bass lines. Of course, there is also a little bit of rebellion from heroes The Fall and The Rolling Stones. This band lives for music and performance and when they play passion and heart is evident.

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Initially an acoustic duo, the band picked up members like a rolling snowball. The boys then set out to play shows but no one would give them one. So they developed a community concert series by the name "Grassy Fest" and invited other bands, DJs, and close friends to play a two stage event that gained enough momentum to put on 5 more Fest’s in two and a half years. Shows often support community, from the Grand Opening of Grooves Records, to an upcoming completely non-partizan appearance at a local Green Party function.

Always blurring the lines of distinctions, indulgence turns into debauchery and libertarianism and hedonism battle it out at every after-party. Shawn and Noel host a New Wave/mod/indie music social called Totally Wired Tuesdays at The Alex P. Keaton. The night just celebrated its first year.

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While playing shows across Ontario they have released 2 EPs, 1 full-length CD, a DVD, and a line of merchandise. Two new tracks, Bloody Hands and Radio Youth, were recorded by Andy Magoffin in June. The band has 7 more songs written and will spend the winter completing the rest of a 9 track CD. They will continue to plays shows in cities along the beloved 401 corridor and plan to tour next summer.

She Woke Up In a Frantic has received consistent airplay on 94.9 CHRW and on FM96 since the album's September 2004 release. It charted almost monthly for a full year on CHRW's Top 30 and it entered the National Campus Top 200. Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit The EP charted in 2003.

She Woke Up In a Frantic was voted #6 on The London Free Press’ Top 10 Local Albums of 2004.
The band was nominated for a 2003 and a 2004 London Music Award as well as for a 2004 Jack Richardson Music Award and they played NXNE 2005.

Press includes Scene Magazine, The Gazette, and The Londoner. They've been interviewed many times on CHRW and made an appearance on New Day on The New PL. Interviewed and profiled on Hamilton's Y108.

Recent audiences have seen Grassy play shows with Wax Mannequin, The Rheostatics, Joel Plaskett, Immaculate Machine, The Organ, and Cuff the Duke.

Discography

Training Wheel Not Required (2005)

Extreme unicycle DVD with a GKATMB soundtrack and special features section with unreleased tracks, live footage, and photos.

She Woke Up in a Frantic (2004)

1.Ground Under (2:59)
2.Stuck on You (3:14)
3.Bomb Berry Blues (2:35)
4.Bacon (2:16)
5.Broken Community (2:37)
6.World Stops Spinning (1:29)
7.She Woke Up In a Frantic (3:39)
8.Mama’s in the Back (3:29)
9.Canada Arm (2:49)
10.I Thought Friends (3:50)
11.Bacon (Reprise) (2:40)
12.Summer's Almost Gone (4:22)
13.Stuck on You - Video
14.World Stops Spinning - Video

Recorded by Andy Magoffin at his House of Miracles June 12-13 and 22-23 2004.

Grassy Knoll and the Magic Bullit The EP (2003)

1.In The Distance
2.Hey Captain
3.Bomb Berry Blues
4.Sea Serpent
5.Bacon
6.I Thought Friends

Trks 1-3 Recorded by Jason Hollander Summer 2003; trks 3-6 by Adam Defoe at CHRW Radio Western Fall 2002.

Live to Air on CHRW EP (2002)

1.I Thought Friends
2.Give It
3.Bacon
4.Summer's Gone
5.Japan
6.Better World
7.A-Jam
8.Sea Serpent
9.Bacon - Video

Set List

“a splendid set of loose garage rock values infused with an undeniable sense of groove that forced me more than once to break out into spontaneous corner dancing and fist shaking. You get what you get from The Wick "soundsystem" but they sounded rad. Nice clear vox and well-defined jangle. I’m not sure if this is their usual thing, but the bass owned that shizz and kept me groovin.”
Lincoln Cushman (The Weekend, Teenage USA Records) LondonIndie.com

Saturday, September 25, 2004 CD Release Party

STUCK ON YOU

GROUND UNDER

BOMB BERRY BLUES

MAMA'S IN THE BACK

HEY CAPTAIN

SHE WOKE UP IN A FRANTIC

NEW JAPAN

CANADA ARM

BROKEN COMMUNITY

WORLD STOPS SPINNING

BACON

I THOUGHT FRIENDS

SUMMER'S GONE

SEA SERPENT

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