Perhaps you noticed it too: the frayed-denim melody, the working-class urgency, the howl. When In Grenada launched into an untitled, organ-led number to open their Key Studio Session last month—having requested Nebraska levels of reverb on top of everything else—I had to ask: Is it possible to be a band from Jersey without some Springsteen influence seeping in? “It is!” responded singer-guitarist Jesse Leyh. “Another couple bands from Jersey that have really influenced me over the years are The Feelies and The Bongos, and neither of those two bands sound anything like Springsteen. I kinda try to find a happy medium.” Good answer, man. You can’t deny their roots, but aligning In Grenada merely to the obvious parallel overlooks a whole lot: the thundering post-punk toms on “Keep That River Running Home,” the spirited pre-alternative guitar jangle of “Distance and Temptation,” the rustic pop reimagining of “It Doesn’t Matter.” Every time I dig into their debut Break, some new facet hops out; seeing them perform, even moreso. Curious? They’re at Johnny Brenda’s tonight, opening for Summer Fiction.
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