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666G

by Grampfather

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1.
You pick and you choose when it works for you, well, if only it were that convenient to replace fact with preference. So go on, pick your poison and one to rag on to even out your biases and stratify all your alliances. Despite it all you smoke Pall Mall menthols as if the good could outweigh your bad calls. You stand firm for what you believe in though it goes against all reason. You pick and you choose when it works for you, well, I know, it’s just a crutch but you’ll fall if you lean too much. Inhale and exhale real life and tall tales. Who am I to tell the difference? Just breathe to reveal the sequence. Despite it all you smoke Pall Mall menthols as if the good could outweigh your bad calls. Sometimes it’s fine to make our own meanings though some go against all reason.
2.
It comes and goes and lets me know I’m not alone in my own home. Beyond the walls I hear the calls– the voice of whom I do not know at all. The clicks and clacks and creaks all cease– when I knock back the beast recedes. I know someday we’ll meet– well, what’s it gonna be, you or me? There’s a man inside my wall– I swear I heard him before dawn rummaging beyond the halls– I know I’ll catch him before long. Landlord says there’s no one there– then why’d I find this strand of hair by the door of the attic? Is this not cause for panic? There’s a man inside my wall– I swear I heard him before dawn rummaging beyond the halls– I know I’ll catch him before long. Landlord says there’s no one here– then what’s with all these empty beers piling up in the trash? I don’t drink Bud, it tastes like ass. One day I heard breaking glass so it was time to face facts: Somewhere lurking in the wall is a man having a ball and all at my expense living free off of my rent. Well, we’ll see how winter goes– without heat, will he show? The man in the wall. The man in the wall. Down the road there’s a Chevy Astro that comes and goes and I think I know who owns it. I met the man inside the wall– it just turns out he’s not so bad after all. All he wants is to live free and make some noise– he’s just like you and me.
3.
Take it all in stride but don’t waste no time. Savor while you can before you lose the taste again. I’m just trying to keep myself sane as everything around me decays. So here’s a toast to those who make my days and to my rotting body and brain. Some days I feel like I have just been born, others feel like I’ve lived too long. So I’ll take the sum ‘cause it’s just the same to this rotting body and brain. Take up all my time— it was never mine. Watch it slip from your grasp, a gift for which you never asked. Savor while you can before you lose the taste again. Take it all in stride but don’t waste no time. I got to admit this isn’t what I predicted as a child— I thought I would run the show, but the more you know the more you go to great lengths to keep yourself sane as everything around you decays. So here’s a toast to all who make our days and to our rotting bodies and brains.
4.
Take me to where I want to be. It’s a place called Hot Dog Beach. It’s right by the sea where the air is salty. I doubt I’ll find some heaven in the sky. No, that’s not for me. I need something I can see and that’s Hot Dog Beach. Tide is high and so am I. Everybody’s feeling alright under the sun and moonlight– not a worry in sight. So take me to where I want to be. It’s a place called Hot Dog Beach. It’s right by the sea where the air is salty. It’s always on my mind but I can’t be there all the time. Whenever the weather’s right you and I will make the drive. ‘Cause lately I’ve been craving some Hot Dog beach. I’ve been waiting to taste the air and salty sea. It’s all that I need to keep me young. I just want the cool breeze and the heat of the sun. I can’t find it anywhere else. Nowhere can compare in making your heart melt. So take me to where I want to be. It’s a place called Hot Dog Beach. It’s right by the sea where the air is salty. I doubt I’ll find some heaven in the sky. No, that’s not for me. I need something I can see and that’s Hot Dog Beach. The place takes a space up in my mind free from all its changes in real time. It’s always on my mind bright and light. Whenever the weather’s right we’ll make the drive. ‘Cause lately I’ve been craving some Hot Dog Beach. I’ve been waiting to taste the air and sea. It’s all that I need to keep me young, is the cool breeze and the heat of the sun. The places holding spaces in our mind are often more distorted than we’d like. It’s always on my mind bright and light. Whenever the weather’s right we’ll make the drive. So take me to where I want to be. It’s a place called Hot Dog Beach. It’s right by the sea where the air is salty. I doubt I’ll find some heaven in the sky. No, that’s not for me. I need something I can see and that’s Hot Dog Beach. Tide is high and so am I. Everybody’s feeling alright under the sun and moonlight– not a worry in sight. I doubt I’ll find some heaven in the sky. No, that’s not for me. I need something I can see and that’s Hot Dog Beach.
5.
The singularity merging machines with you and me. The singularity. What we once thought was so out of reach in our lifetime is right here at our feet. A rude awakening for us all crossing over to the life digital. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. The water’s fine. Cross over. It’s all in your mind. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. The water’s fine. Cross over. It’s all in your mind. Cross over. Cross over. Cross over. It’s all over.
6.
666G 05:13
666G all around me, seeping within and under your skin, radiating through you and me and we take heed of some force unseen. It’s past the threshold and burst at the seams. It’s gotten old, getting hung up on what seems to be another bunk conspiracy to occlude the world I see. You weren’t immune to what you thought you’d dispute. It crept right on in and moved your mouth for you. 666G pulling on the strings for me. Constant contagion spreading all around in thin air. Not even the greatest minds of our time will be spared. Personal paranoias from your head become widespread, separating by exaggerating our dread by a viral lie that you find that you kind of align with, further blurring the line between truth and the lies that keep you feeling righteous despite all the sacrifices of familial ties to 666G all around me, radiating through you and me and we receive the transmission and we believe convenient fictions. Cynicism has lost its rhythm and reach. 666G is just something that we conceive and impose on those who oppose what we think that we know. But there won’t be relief ‘til we finally let go.

about

666G, 6 songs long, is our 6th album.
In this project we take on themes of modern anxieties, such as the abundance of (often unfounded) conspiracies that attribute to the spread of misinformation/disinformation, the looming AI takeover, and timeless anxieties like aging and paranoia.
In this sense, the title 666G is a parody of the 5G conspiracy. 666G is the phenomenon of people stratifying themselves into factions of wavering extremes based on their perceived affiliation with viral half truths and convenient fictions.
With all that said, we try to present a lighthearted perspective of our fucked up world in a way that we can learn to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

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"Pawl Mawl Menthawls" is about how we all make our own meanings of things. Often those interpretations are completely illogical. For instance, take one who fears 5G yet relishes in good old healthy Pall Mall menthol cigarettes. The theme and alternative spelling of the cigarette brand is inspired by the residents of my and Jake's homeland: Long Island.

"The Man in the Wall," inspired by a true story of a man who was shacking up in Jake's house unbeknownst to him for months, is about how paranoia and uncertainty will lead us to draw our own (often inaccurate) conclusions. It just turns out that the man in the wall is not such a bad guy after all.

"To My Rotting Body and Brain" is a direct quote from our friend Dan who made a toast to me for my 30th birthday. Yes, we're all rotting, but at least we're all rotting together. The odd time signatures of the song conjure the question: What the fuck is time?

"Hot Dog Beach" is our happy place, our heaven on Earth, our relief from the anxieties the other songs touch upon. The song is not based on the real Hot Dog Beach, which is a place where yuppies congregate out in Westhampton. I just like the name, so I took it to create a fictional place based on fond memories of going to the beach with friends on Long Island.

"The Singularity (Crossing Over)" started out as a long jam. Andrew suggested the title, which I thought fit as the song served as a kind of morbid, post-rock soundtrack to humanity being overtaken by AI. The addition of "(Crossing Over)" was tacked on after we'd heard of a story of someone who essentially gave up their real-life self in preference of their avatar, thereby crossing over into the Metaverse.

"666G," the title track, brings some clarity to the overall concept of the album.

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Reviews:

Full Time Aesthetic
fulltimeaesthetic.com/2022/08/premiere-grampfather-666g/

"Grampfather, the 4-piece rock band from Kingston, has developed a varied musical styling over the years that takes on a category all its own. Hard to lay name to their genre, they blend layers of psychedelic elements with a garage pop twist, that goes down smooth with a carbonated sweet bubble aftertaste.
My first impressions of the record was that it was concertedly more structured and had a tighter focus than their older material. While the band, comprised of James Kwapisz (vocals, guitar), Jake Offermann (bass), Tony DiMauro (drums), and Andrew Blot (lead guitar) had previously done well crafting hazy jamier tunes in the past, they seem to have really begun to hone in on their stronger elements on their latest releases.
The band however has not completely abandoned their 60s surf-style element for which they are known. While the cast and lineup of players may have changed hands and evolved over the years, founding member Kwapisz has always been able to carry through a consistent thread to their musical influence. For this reason 666G maintains a sound that falls somewhere between creature feature and spy picture, almost a Munsters meets Hawaii 5-0 crossover episode just in time to hit the waves."
-Mike Borchardt

WRRV
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Nippertown
nippertown.com/2022/07/26/in-session-james-kwapisz-of-grampfather-2/

If It's Too Loud
www.ifitstooloud.com/2022/07/grampfather-hot-dog-beach.html

credits

released August 19, 2022

James Kwapisz: lyrics, vocals, guitar, bass, synth
Andrew Blot: lead guitar, keys
Jake Offermann: bass
Tony DiMauro: drums

Mixed by James Kwapisz
Mastered by Jesse Mangum at The Glow

Album and single art by Jake Offermann

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Grampfather Kingston, New York

Grampfather is an indie-psych rock band based out of Kingston, NY, whose material traverses a variety of rock genres, such as indie, garage, punk, psych, chill, and thrash.

James Kwapisz: vocals, guitar, synth
Tony DiMauro: drums
Andrew Blot: guitar, keys
Jake Offermann: bass

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