REVIEW: Great Grandpa are not just a 90s band on “Plastic Cough”

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Great Grandpa Plastic coughJust a Few Years…

In a short amount of time, Great Grandpa have established themselves as one of the big fish in Seattle’s current music scene. While many factors are at play in their rise to success, the key element that remains consistent for the band is their ability to simply write great songs.

Mac & Karen

On studio debut “Plastic Cough”, Great Grandpa display their songwriting in full force as they unleash memorable hooks that probably only a millennial could’ve drafted up, as well as an overall aesthetic that bleeds both Mac DeMarco and subsequently The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Even though the band doesn’t do much new except mash 90s paraphernalia across the board, there’s still a fair amount of heart and emotion pushing through these tracks and ultimately delivers something oddly charming about it all.

Young & Bold

The album fits itself well into the mold of the youthfully anthemic as it conveys an element of uncertainty, anxiousness, and overall dissatisfaction with the surrounding world and our place within it. Its melodies almost create a character of their own, as they bounce and sing in an almost comfortably awkward fashion.  Especially in its heavier moments, the record remains consistent in theme while never sacrificing both songwriting and overall composition.

Tracks ‘Favorite Show’ and ‘Pardon My Speech’ both exemplify the sound of the record near perfectly, using TV shows and pizza to make a greater points about friendships and the great ennui. There’s little doubt that this album can relate itself both to young adulthood as well as the American adolescence as Great Grandpa’s songwriting characterizes both genuineness and confidence in the product they’re creating.

Alive & Well

While this will come through as irritating for people fatigued by this general school of lyricism, this is without commenting that the instrumentals on this record provide an additional reason to stay, as they have not only the personality described above, but also the punch and liveliness of a good rock song. Specifically the guitar work on this album shine through with thick riffs and an overall attack that portrays a very much controlled energy and skill.


The album is overall a strong addition to a year full of experimental electronic, hip-hop, and rock releases in spite of the fact that what it does has essentially been done before. Though the 90s are easy place to draw inspiration from, the end result is a charming experience that will keep you intrigued more than anything else. Great Grandpa have crafted a superb debut, and a record that’s all upfront, surprising, and a joy to listen to.


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