JEFF TURNER’S ‘GRIMESTONES’ AND JEANNIE BARE’ PART 1: The Story Behind The Songs’ Concept
Posted On August 3, 2021
Grimes will be performing at New York’s Radio City Music Hall this weekend, but it’s not just about the album that’s on his mind.
The singer told Billboard that the album he’s working on with fellow musician and New York City resident Freddie Turner was inspired by his experiences at Ground Zero.
The duo have been touring together for the past year, and the pair had recently finished recording an album called GRIMESTONE.
The album, which is due out this summer, features the singles “The Only One” and “Piano and The Music Machine.”
“I’ve been playing guitar for 20 years and have never really listened to music for so long,” Grimes said.
“When I was first getting into the music business, I’d hear a song on a radio station and just be blown away by the sound.
I’m so excited to share this music with people, and hopefully it will be the catalyst for them to do the same.”
Grimes, who is currently touring with the rapper Fetty Wap, explained that while he was a huge fan of Grimes’ work, he was also inspired by the New York Police Department.
Grimes was inspired to make the album after watching the footage of the day after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when he was 16 years old.
He recalled seeing the video on YouTube, and was taken by the brutality of the attacks and the police department’s response to them.
“I remember looking up to the NYPD, seeing the police officers on the street, seeing people being treated as second-class citizens, and I just felt a kinship to them,” Grime said.
He added that the way the police treated civilians was something he wanted to share with the world.
Grimes also mentioned that the duo were inspired by a song from the hit HBO series GRIMSTONE, which he says he played on his first album.
In the song, he and his bandmates “drew up a world,” but the songs tone changed after the 9/11 attacks.
“When we were working on this album, I felt like the sound was just too dark and too harsh,” Grims said.
“We wanted to make something light and hopeful, and we wanted to bring back the old sound of Grime, and bring back that feeling of that kind of darkness and violence that we saw when we were younger.”
Grime and Turner have already recorded two new songs for the album, and are working on a new song for Grimes, which they hope will be a “song that people will dance to,” as well.
“We’re trying to make this a soundtrack, and you know, just the best sound we can make,” Grish said.
As for how they plan to use the money from GRIMSTER, Grimes has no idea, but he’s hoping it will help him fund more touring.
“It’s all going to go toward the production,” Griles said.
Grime said that while touring was difficult at first, he believes the show will be worth it.
“As long as I can put on a show and not feel bad, and feel that I’m contributing something, it will make up for it,” he said.