Granddad is a queer indie-emo duo from Alaska now based in Minneapolis. Having toured extensively in the underground DIY scene, Granddad has played FEST and Camp Daze, been featured in New Noise Magazine and The Alternative, and have toured with acts such as Hikes, Termination Dust, Prince Daddy and the Hyena, and MeanGirls. Their latest album, "Quitter," is available now on Minneapolis label Brace Cove Records.
"Granddad bring creativity to their music as if they are the very heart and soul of light itself. This is a band that people need to hear, for the sake of their emo roots trickled with indie infrastructures build over the top. The lyrics represent the band’s intelligent use of literary devices and personal reflections to move the curtain of life back and tell the world 'I’m right here and I’m not going anywhere.'"--New Noise Magazine
Granddad is a band on the search for meaning. The duo from Alaska has toured their brand of emo/punk all across the US and is always planning for more. The music combines the crunch of 90's emo with the catchiness of early 00's pop punk and their own confessional and vulnerable lyricism focusing on queer love and relationships. The band's high energy shows are emotional and empowering. Granddad knows life is short, as the name implies a certain aged playfulness; they are focused on filling this existence with love, friendship, and beautiful noise.
Granddad has been featured in New Noise Magazine, The Alternative, Alaska Dispatch News, and many other blogs and publications. They have released three studio recordings with a new full-length album due in 2018.
Anchorage Daily News: "Kellen Baker's motivation for forming Granddad with longtime friend Matt Harris was simple — to fill a void he had growing up gay in Alaska and provide a voice for people going through the same things he experienced. Part of Baker's vision for Granddad, a self-described punk/emo/queer/party band from Fairbanks, is live shows that embrace fun, emotion and self-expression."
Fairanks Daily-News Miner: “Baker’s lyrics hone in on those emo themes of love, loss and alienation, all set against a grinding guitar and heavy bass backdrop.”
Anchorage Press: “Representing maturity more than a departure, Granddad's Dumped explores the definition of self following the turmoil of a bad break up. The lyrics are painfully honest and the composition is sharp and catchy.”
36 Vultures: “The music is on ‘Dumped’ is jangly and jammy at all of the right times and is a perfect new addition to the catalogs of fans of Big Awesome, The Obsessives, and the like.”