KUTX listeners are likely familiar with Grandaddy, but what about grandson? Raised in Toronto and now based out of L.A., Jordan Benjamin’s been showcasing his outspoken activism and aggressive alt-punk-hip-hop-electronic style for the past half decade, earning him support from guitar god Tom Morello and even politician Bernie Sanders.
grandson’s kept his disciples satisfied with his episodic Modern Tragedy EPs, and made his full-length debut last Friday with Death Of An Optimist (via Fueled By Ramen). DOAO finds Benjamin donning a Joker aesthetic on its cover, encapsulating the record’s societal reflections on this almost-over year, and though three of the four tracks fall somewhere in the spectrum of intense electronic-hip-hop, “Dirty”upbeat punk style makes grandson sound like an unheard mix between Portugal. The Man and Jake Bugg.
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