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Category: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy
Formed in 2006 as an instrumental project, THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY is an iconoclastic post-hardcore outfit that began during Woodard’s college years, where he spent hours in front of a computer obsessively crafting songs on his own. After releasing one demo, he quickly found like-minded musicians in San Antonio making THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY a more collaborative and live affair. The band quickly began releasing EPs and splits, most notably the Gun EP, followed by splits with San Antonio’s Sohns and Atlanta’s Hawks. This era also saw the release of Soft Noise, the first of several ambient EPs by Woodard under the TGLH moniker.
Initially released in 2010, the Every Man For Himself And God Against All EP was the first release to earn THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY a wider audience, reaping praise from the likes of CVLT Nation and The A.V. Club. A sweeping, five-part, album-long song that takes its listeners on a visceral, pummeling journey, the EP was later remastered by James Plotkin and re-released on limited vinyl through Crowquill Records.
2014 saw the release of All Sadness, Grinning Into Flow, the band’s most audacious release yet, as well as their debut on new label home, Learning Curve Records. Inspired by Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream, All Sadness… saw the band varying hard into a more introspective, Kraut-inspired take, while keeping the primitive heaviness of the band intact. “I consider this record to be one of the biggest accomplishments of my musical career,” Woodard explains. “I’m very proud of what we did on this record and I think we may have broken some fans’ brains in terms of what to expect from us.” Vinyl copies sold out quickly and remain out of print.
In 2017, THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY had the opportunity to really flex their creative muscle in a new way. “I was approached by a local filmmaker, Dave Sims, about scoring his short film. He told me that it leaned on horror heavily but was ultimately a survival film. Creating a film score had been a lifelong dream of mine…” Woodard holed up with long-term recording engineer collaborator, producer, and Pigface alumnus Bob Catlin for several weekends and created the soundtrack to Cavern. The music also received a vinyl LP release on Woodard’s own Canon Imprint microlabel.
That same year, the band released their split with Minneapolis’ legendary Gay Witch Abortion (Amphetamine Reptile Records) which marked the first time Woodard started utilizing vocals heavily in his songwriting process. “We were an instrumental band for a really long time, and in some ways [being instrumental is] really liberating. But the songs and riffs I was writing just felt like they needed vocals. I had to get over some of my own personal insecurities, but I think the songs really benefit.” The lyrical content of the music varies from the ennui-tinged lamentations of a thirty-something office worker to scathing critiques of government, classicism, and American Christianity.
Since their inception as a full band, THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY has toured regularly, meeting friends and slaying faces countrywide and in 2019, the band was finally able to bring their scathing sounds overseas to Japan. “It was the most amazing experience! Playing in Japanese live houses every night was an eye-opening experience, and I feel like American bands and music venues can learn a lot about professionalism and business practices from how things operate in Japan in the live music industry.” During the tour, the band test-drove tracks from what would later become this year’s A Cult That Worships A God Of Death full-length. “We gauged crowd reaction from these songs, and that’s sort of how I came up with the flow and order of the album we were about to record.”
THE GRASSHOPPER LIES HEAVY:
James Woodard – guitars, vocals, synth
Mario Trejo – bass
Steven Barrera – drums
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A Cult That Worships A God Of Death
San Antonio, Texas-based post hardcore trio The Grasshopper Lies Heavy release their A Cult That Worships A God Of Death full-length via Learning Curve Records July 16th 2021. A Cult That Worships A God Of Death weaves post-hardcore, noise rock, and metal, mixed with dark post-rock into a distinct sound. It is a record of … Continue reading A Cult That Worships A God Of Death