It’s often said that sleep is for the weak. This must be the ethos of Canadian-American singer/songwriter, John Benjamin. In just over a year, he’s released five EPs (one being live) under the pseudonym Grandson.
On ‘A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 3’, the final instalment of the ‘Modern Tragedy’ trilogy series, Grandson is once again showing his brutally honest true colours.
“Tell me, how did we get here? / And where the fuck do we go now?” That’s the question opening the EP on ‘Rock Bottom’, and feels relatable to anyone experiencing the current political situations on both sides of the pond. It feels like it could be a Twenty One Pilots song, but with a heavy, distorted guitar.
‘Put Me Under’ gives a darker, more brooding vibe, but the tension already set with the preceding songs remains intact. The flow of the rapped section before the end of the song is almost entrancing, and it sounds like Grandson doesn’t even draw breath during the whole section.
‘Die Young’ blows out the candle on the trilogy. It opens with a cinematic guitar riff that almost instantly brings the iconic James Bond theme to mind. Once the bass drops, the song explodes, and, if the song was a movie, it would’ve burst out of the screen at that point.
The ‘Modern Tragedy’ trilogy has ended with a spectacular genre-bending finale. The effortless blend of rap, rock, and electronica to make a cinematic backdrop to the lyrical wit, mixed with a voice that is at times brooding and at times electric make for one hell of an experience.
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