Have you heard of The Grindmother yet?
It’s a new band out of North America, in the genre of music known as grindcore*, which is pretty heavy, to the point of being pretty much unlistenable, unless you’re into shrieking, grunting, screaming distorted guitars and such. A fun fact is that grindcore also likes micro-songs and one veteran British grindcore band, the romantically named Napalm Death, holds the Guinness Book of Records’ mark for the shortest song ever recorded – ‘You suffer’, duration: one second.
But we digress. Fresh on the international grindcore scene is The Grindmother with a pretty fucking solid point of difference, and that’s the lady behind the microphone, who is a 68-year-old Canadian grandmother. Yes, Canadian! Is Super-PM Trudeau somehow behind this as well?
Her son, Rain Forest (not making this up) is in a grindcore band Corrupt Leaders and last year swung his mum in to do some guest vocals. The song, and the footage of the headbanging senior citizen giving the microphone everything she had, went predictably viral and now she’s bobbed up with her own album, Age of Destruction.
Here at GiantsAmongMen HQ, we’re not saying we love it, but we do salute The Grindmother herself. Anybody putting out their first album at 68 years old deserves to be applauded, but diving into the world of grindcore? Intense.
If nothing else, the band has t-shirts so that’s your ageing mother’s birthday present solved for this year …
Take it away, The Grindmother …
* (Wiki definition of grindcore: an extreme genre of music that originated in the early to mid-1980s. It draws inspiration from some of the most abrasive-sounding genres, including hardcore punk, extreme metal, industrial and noise rock. Grindcore is characterized by a noise-filled sound that uses heavily distorted, down-tuned guitars, grinding overdriven bass, high speed tempo, blast beats, and vocals which consist of growls and high-pitched shrieks. Early groups like Napalm Death are credited with laying the groundwork for the style. It is most prevalent today in North America and Europe, with popular contributors such as Brutal Truth and Nasum. Lyrical themes range from a primary focus on social and political concerns, to gory subject matter and black humour.)