War. Racism. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. The Drug Epidemic. If you were looking for a record to score the fight at your next family gathering - look no further. No hot topic is left uncovered and they’re all backed by searing guitar riffs, crushing beats, and poignant lyrics. Ladies and Gentlemen, put your hands together (or cross your arms) for grandson.
grandson is Jordan Edward Benjamin, a Jersey-born-Toronto-raised musician making music tackling the topics you were too afraid to address on social media without fear of being disinvited to Thanksgiving dinner. He’s relatively new on the scene and has recently signed with Fueled by Ramen. If his debut EP is any indication, he is definitely an artist you’ll want to keep on your radar.
A Modern Tragedy - Vol. 1, dropped earlier this year and it is filled from front to back with fist pumping anthems. Blood//Water is the first single from the album and is the perfect example of grandson’s blend of rock, hip hop, blues, and political message. If you’re looking to dip your toes in grandson, start here.
“Thoughts and Prayers” explores the tragedy of gun violence and is accompanied by an even more tragic video that displays a map of the United States lit up by an ever growing number of school shootings. It’s heavy stuff.
If you decide to head further down the grandson rabbit hole you’ll no doubt find more songs to get your head bobbing and, more importantly, get you thinking.
A Modern Tragedy - Vol. 1 can be found on iTunes as well as Google Play and Spotify.