Shane Power. Kevin May. Mick Lynch.Three men from Dublin, who combined create the wonderful, and strangely named “Guggenheim Grotto”.
I first came across these guys when I went to a gig of theirs in my local theatre (120 people max). Although I was only a young lad of 17 at the time, I knew that this band were precious. Having blown my mind, I quickly bought their album “…Waltzing Alone”.
So first off, a word about their album. I fell in love with this album upon first sight, and I mean sight. Clearly, Kevin May (of the band) was sick of the generic boring plastic C.D cases, and decided to go a different route. The album is presented in a book format, with a classy, leather-bound-book look and feel to it. The pages inside are a wonderful mix of photos, comic strips, lyrics and comments. The C.D itself seems to have been an afterthought, just stuck in at the back!
As for the music: unclassifiable. This may seem to be a bit of a cop out, I know, but there really is no way that I could put this great band into one category! For example: “I Think I Love You” has a distinct country-western air to it, while “Portmarnock Beach Boy Blue” is a strange experimental piece. No one song sounds like another on this album! (Personal favourite is “Ozymandias” inspired by the famous poem of the same name.)
Unlike many bands these days, The Guggenheim Grotto are actually internet friendly! They offer free downloads of songs on their (increasingly busy) website http://www.guggenheimgrotto.com/ and myspace page http://www.myspace.com/guggenheimgrotto. On top of that, the band actually encourage videos of them being put onto youtube!
In a bid to further advertise themselves, the band released their new single “Fee Da Da Dee” in conjunction with the mobile network “o2” in Ireland, so that all o2 users could download the song for free.
This band truly are amazing, and need to be heard, or seen to be believed. So, go listen!
The Guggenheim Grotto’s new album “Happy the Man” shall be released in September, and will be reviewed here!