The Grand Shell Game, a band from Carrboro, has been making music for about 2 years. Singer/songwriter Eric-Scott Guthrie brought the musicians together; even though they came from a variety of musical backgrounds, things just worked, according to guitarist Daniel Fields. The band just released the EP, Man on a Wire. The tour is underway along the east coast; Wilmington will hear the music on Friday night, July 1st, at the Whiskey.
Listen to our telephone interview with Fields above. He talks about the band's beginnings, the tour, and his favorite song from the EP: Love, a simple, elegant meditation that seems to breathe. The variety in the selections on this EP is astounding. The circus-like whirl of Note to Self doesn't necessarily propose a new understanding of life, but presents popular self-help mantras in a refreshing way, with the beginning lyric setting the tone: life is a herky jerky little ramble tamble kind of ramshackle ride on a train. it's insane. On to the grungy rock n' roll trip down the rabbit hole in Oracle. The title track Man on a Wire might be a Zen meditation except for the fine but deep thread of social awareness (and the fact that you can't sit still listening to it). Overall-perhaps lyrically ee cummings as a songwriter working with an army of well-versed multi-dimensional musicians.
Band members are Dan Fields (left), Joe MacPhail, Rob DiMauro, Rob Davis, and e-s guthrie.