As Philadelphia art rock ensemble Grandchildren puts the finishing touches on their as-yet untitled fourth LP, they’re also introducing a new member to their ranks. Vocalist Shari came on board this year — though she’s been close with the band for six years — and is showcased in Grandchildren’s latest single “Phantom Pains,” which we’re excited to debut for you today.
They met when the band was on tour in 2011 and played a gig in Shari’s hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s stayed in touch with frontman and songwriter Aleks Martray in the time since, developing a friendship over a wide range of musical tastes — classic Motown, modern EDM, Broadway and more. They collaborated in the past on the acoustic project Baby & Shylow, and with Shari’s move to Philadelphia this year, she’s now fully involved in the writing and recording of the band’s next phase.
Over email, Martray tells us that Shari brings a new energy and dynamic to Grandchildren’s process. “She grew up singing in church and harmonizing with family on long drives, so music for her is very intuitive,” he says. “I’ve always been a much more cerebral composer, but collaborating together has brought out a whole new side of us both. It really comes through naturally in the new music, in our harmonies and in our live performances. We’re writing and playing more from the heart, and you can hear it.” Continue reading →