Graingerboy: Enemy Forward
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Enemy Forward is the third album by electronic music veteran Simon Grainger (aka Graingerboy) and the follow up to 2013’s highly acclaimed mini-LP Silent Universe. Recorded over the space of two years between London and Yorkshire with Ian Catt (St Etienne), Graingerboy’s new album is a call to arms from its author and is an aural and symbolic representation of Simon’s long battle with M.E.
Enemy Forward is about reintegrating into the world and starting to live again after a long period of downtime and recovery. It reflects on the damage that a long term serious illness can do to friendships, relationships and other peoples perceptions. However, instead of creating a work that is emotionally heavy, Simon has made an album that celebrates love, life and pop music, with its rare power to transport us and heal us in times of need.
The 9 track album is full of infectious hooks and melodies and is guaranteed to please the heart as well as the feet and features co-writes with artists such as Lippy Kid and Steve Kimber. These collaborations help infuse the album with the spirit of community and friendship which makes Enemy Forward a perfect tonic for the times we find ourselves in.
Enemy Forward is triumphant, joyous, and full of optimism.
“Post punk electro pop with soaring typically British 80’s influences, crimped hair, bad eyeliner, disco pulses and a small town indie feel” Dean Thatcher, DMC Magazine
“Grainger’s mournful and solid song writing sets him far apart from his peers with his unique sonic blueprint of musical diversity. He seems quite impossible to pigeonhole, which in our world of manufactured artists and repackaged Greatest Hits is entirely invigorating. The boy did not only do good, he did better. *****” Nick Smith, Polari Magazine
All words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive.