March 21st, 2009 at The Attic
By Dan Creahan
The stairs creaked as I walked up to the top floor of the house. I have to say, presentation aside, the guys who run The Attic on Elmwood definitely have one of the best venues in Buffalo. Inside the skeleton frame of the old house, cross-beams span over attendees heads and make a perfect accent over the performers up front. Sound echoes off the wooden roof and floats down into your eardrums.
I had missed most of the opening bands thanks to some miscalculations and parking issues, but luckily managed to catch Paul's Grandfather, a trio from Fredonia, NY whose indie-folk tendencies provided a perfect counterpoint to the sparse surroundings. The songs were equal parts beautiful and furious, featuring basic instrumentation and breath-taking three-part harmony. Their last song, "Jail Birdie," had me absolutely floored. Definitely a band to watch in the local scene.
|Rebecca Ryskalczyk- guitar, vocals, bass.
Karrah Teague- guitar, vocals, bass.
Katie Preston- piano, vocals, bass.
Bobby Frisk- percussion.
Paul Swenson- cello.
|Paul’s Grandfather came to be in October 2008 at Fredonia State College after three female singer-songwriters; Kate Preston, (Brockport) Rebecca Ryskalczyk, (Buffalo) and Karrah Teague (Rochester) hit it off and decided to start a band. With three part female harmonies, a guitar, piano, kick-drum, and a tambourine the girls began to develop a unique musical style that reflected their different personalities.
Shortly after, they began recording their EP, titled "No Home" with sound recording majors Jon Gernhart (Binghamton) and Brandon Battles (Fredonia.) It was around that time that they met drummer Bobby Frisk (Elmira) and cellist Paul Swenson. (Long Island) At that moment they had become a five piece. "No Home" is their first recording and they will spend the summer traveling around the North East in a five passenger van to promote it. The band is not yet signed, but works with a small indie label called Whaleplane, also from Fredonia.
Whether playing larger venues while supporting such acts as Brothers and Sisters, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and Mock Orange or performing at intimate house shows, Paul’s Grandfather has a creative and unique passion for performing and songwriting. The band is taking every opportunity that comes their way and pressing forward. Between their plans of recording a full length album this fall, and a great amount of touring in the future, there is definitely much more to be heard from this up and coming band.