our griffins combine haunting melodies & epic swells of indie rock with tales of family & regret on debut #soundcheck

January 15, 2014

Our Griffins is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist DJ Brown. Inspired by a photo of his uncle as a child just weeks before losing his brother, the album is full of ghosts. Haunting melodies float on top of miles deep rivers of atmosphere on their debut full length Michael Boyd.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor

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Drawing from acts like TV on the Radio, The Smiths, and Radiohead, Our Griffins plays beautiful music loudly. DJ Brown describes himself as soft-spoken and shy, and the album plays on and against his anxieties. His whispered vocals are high in the mix, while drummer Eric Slick’s intense pounding is pushed lower. The effect is a tension between the quiet and loud that calls to mind the still-missed Jason Noble’s work in The Shipping News and Rachel’s.

Our Griffins is at their best when telling stories about family, as on the stand-out “My Cousin All Grown Up” and “Jeremiah’s Palace.” And given the inspiration, it fits that the best song on the record would be “Send My Brother Back.”

The whole record is available on the Bandcamp player above on a pay-what-you-can basis.