Like many post-hardcore bands during the 90s, Ohio-based GRAIN showcased its take on this, at the time, uprising genre. Their innovative ideas and flawlessly structured musicianship gave them the status of the hidden gem, ready to be discovered by those who love their post-hardcore music far away from a repetitious and predictable approach. GRAIN’s sound gradually arrives through many calm segments, melodies, and harmonies, but it also strikes hard like a sledgehammer when you least expect it.
We’re thrilled to premiere Trout, the first single from the upcoming We’ll Hide Away: Complete Recordings 1993 – 1995, due for release on August 25 via Solid Brass Records.
Follow the band on Instagram (@grain.band) and stay tuned for the pre-order announcement coming soon.
Grain were a punishingly loud post-hardcore band who left their mark everywhere they played. Simultaneously angry, urgent, and beautiful in a single 30 minutes set, they left hardcore purists confused while others wanted more. They were punk, both philosophically and from a community standpoint, and yet not so easy to pigeonhole musically.
Northeast Ohio has been home to a dizzying roster of influential punk bands for decades. In the late 70s and into the 80s there was Rocket From the Tombs, Dead Boys, Pere Ubu, Devo, The Cramps, The Mice, and more. In the early 90s it was also known for hardcore bands like Integrity, Confront, Face Value and Splinter. In the mid 90s there was another musical shift happening in the underground community around the country and Northeast Ohio was no exception. Across basements, VFW halls, and other DIY music spaces a new crop of bands was emerging. These new bands, often born from the ashes of more traditional hardcore bands just a few years prior, had broadened their musical influences and their respective sounds were often more polished, dynamic, and lyrically diverse.
Grain originally formed as a 3-piece in 1993 in Cleveland after the break up of three previous bands; Arm’s Length (Brian Strazek), Blatant Disregard (Dean Eshleman), and Windpipe (Jason “Jay” Kuebler).
In their short time together Grain released two 7”s, a split 7” with Harriet The Spy, and three songs that appeared on a couple different compilation LPs. Grain played close to 100 shows, completed a short tour of the northeast in 1994, and a month-long US tour in 1995. They shared the stage with bands like Lincoln, Kerosene 454, Ordination of Aaron, Current, Samuel, Harriet The Spy, Thumbnail, Avail, and Archers of Loaf before breaking up in 1995.
We’ll Hide Away is a complete discography of Grain’s recorded material. It is also a snapshot into the mid 90s post hardcore sound of the Midwest. This vinyl-only release has 10 tracks, an extensive booklet with never before seen live pictures, show flyers, and written memories from friends and bands. It also includes a download card for four previously unreleased songs. Everything was painstakingly remastered by Dave Gardner at Infrasonic Mastering in Los Angeles and sequenced in a way that both captures the evolution of their sound and pays homage to the memory of Ryan Rinella (1975 – 2010) and his time with the band.
We’ll Hide Away will be available on LP and download on August 25th, 2023 on Solid Brass Records.