THE GRAIN HOPPERS
Driving Evil Spirits Crazy
Welcome to our sometimes serious, sometimes humorous pop-garage-rock world where battles are waged with anxiety, deals are made with the Devil’s son, Mountain Dew addiction warps your mind, and white guys aren’t allowed to play the Delta Blues.
Our music is an irreverent cocktail of Neil Young, REM, the Replacements in their
folk-rocking-est moments with a splash of Daniel Johnston
Meet THE GRAIN HOPPERS
Behind the Music
When a new batch of tunes didn’t quite fit the template for any of singer songwriter & rythm guitarist Wallace Dietz's other groups- nowhere near the post-punk somber jangle of the Silent Boys, missing the punk angst and sarcasm of the Shattered Hopes, and too smooth for the rough and tumble indie rock Steam Train Hearts.
And realizing these songs needed a sturdy backbone, the first thing Wallace did was reel in the veteran, power-packed rhythm section of Blee Child (Steam Train Hearts) and Michael Click (the Silent Boys).
New tunes require new tones, so Wallace began searching for a lead guitarist with a background including indie rock, punk, and country ...but excluding jam bands . When told of these requirements, drummer-about-town Blee, without pause, blurted, “Grant”.
Grant Oliver, fit the “versatility” bill, having played in an indie rock group, a country ensemble, and an “X” cover band. Furthermore, he could spin a web of melody and deftly shift gears from chaotic to angelic. The “perfect storm” for brewing ear bending music for pop addicts was now in place.
We are the Grain Hoppers …….. because that’s the best ride when hopping freight trains!