grandson is the activist-musician this generation needs. Leaving the folk songs to the singer-songwriters of the 60s, the Canadian-American tackles today’s social and political issues with electronic-based rock and roll — and in the meantime, gives his fans a way to channel some of that news-induced hopelessness and rage. He recently brought his unmatched, rebellious energy to our Studio City store for a Dr. Martens Presents show. The place was buzzing. Keep scrolling for a quick interview with grandson, plus a few photos from an epic night.
What’s unique about playing a show in LA versus other cities?
The live music history in this city is unbelievable. So many iconic venues have been slayed here — it’s a city where legend is born, from a performative standpoint. There’s also an exciting competitive element of having your peers and people behind the scenes at the show, and since I live in LA these days, there are people I call family here. So it’s a great place to rock.
What do you hope people take away from your performances?
A sense of empowerment, of understanding, of catharsis. Maybe they take away a couple bruises from the the mosh pit, and a T-shirt.
What are you most excited about in your music right now?
I’m excited to see the passion and creativity of those that are resonating with my music. By taking the particular stances I take with some of my music, I’d like to think the growing movement of support is indicative that those stances are shared by many. Which is pretty sweet.
Who did you see at your first music concert?
Oh man. I was around 11 or 12 and I went with a friend to see Umphrey’s McGee, a legendary live band that incorporates incredible improvisation and musicianship into their concerts. It was at The Opera House in Toronto, and I left with my mind absolutely blown.
What’s your fondest musical memory from the last year?
Too many to even count. The show at the Roxy in February was a show I will remember for the rest of my life — just because I had no idea all that was to come from how hard we went that particular night. Releasing the debut EP, hearing blood//water on the radio and sung back at me by thousands of people on tour this summer. So much to be grateful for. I love the grandkids, I love you just for asking this question. 2019 is going to be unstoppable.
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