Per the official press release –
Today, grandson releases his debut album Death Of An Optimist via Fueled by Ramen. The comprehensive body of work articulates the tension between grandson’s hope for the future and the challenges he faces.
Described by the alt-rocker as a “horror story with a happy ending,” the cohesive record brings together an eclectic group of collaborators including engineer Andrew Dawson (Kanye West), Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Blink-182’s Travis Barker, producer Krupa (Zero 9:36), and Boonn (grandson’s longtime musical partner).
“It’s about my personal dilemma of whether or not to keep fighting,” grandson says about the album. “It really represents my own personal crossroads on if I can continue to preach agency and change in a time where there is so much fear-mongering and doom scrolling to suggest it could all be for nothing, ultimately.”
Listen here: https://grandson.lnk.to/doao
As the protagonist, grandson simultaneously explores the dark underbelly of his unrelenting optimism for change, by creating an antagonist, X, and the 12-track collection delivers a subtle A-side/B-side structure, following the opposing forces’ dueling worlds.
Grandson also announces his one-night-only livestream event, Death Of An Optimist: The Movie, set for Thursday, December 17th at 5 pm PT/8 pm ET via NoCap. The one-of-a-kind show pulls back the curtain on grandson’s music, art, and activism, showcasing the live debut of the new album in its entirety, interwoven with never before seen footage from the studio, the road, the grandkids, and more.
Watch the teaser here: https://youtu.be/0WAW0tq6c3s
Purchase tickets here: grandson.nocapshows.com
Previously released singles from the album include “We Did It!!!” (“cathartic and anthemic” – Under the Radar), “Dirty,” (“an elbow to the ribs to anybody who’s watching today’s apocalyptic political theater” – Buzzbands LA), “Identity,” (“Explosive” – NME) and “Riptide,” (thought-provoking – RockSound.TV) which was co-produced by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda.
‘Death Of An Optimist’ track listing
- Death of an Optimist // Intro
- In Over My Head
- Left Behind
- The Ballad of G and X // Interlude
- We Did It!!!
- Pain Shopping
- Drop Dead
- Welcome to Paradise // Outro