The Giranimals and The Cherry Tempo Double CD Release Party
School House Rock
It all started innocently enough, when newlyweds Maury and Connie Crandall were up late one night watching “The David Letterman Show.” The musical guest was terrible. So bad, in fact, the two agreed they could do better themselves and decided to form a band on the spot. The Giranimals were born, not unlike a secret pact made in a tree house.
Stylistically, everything about this band--from their name (inspired by a children's clothing company) to the care-free lyrical content of their songs to the art on their new album, Imperfectly Timed Words—is a nod to the innocence of childhood.
“In real life we're happy-go-lucky people,” says Maury, “so that's the type of music that just comes naturally to us.”
Imperfectly Timed Words is a wonderful catalog of indie-pop melodies that are quaint without veering into irritating territory. It's like listening to a mother coo a little ditty about nothing to her baby. You can almost feel warm, sudsy water brushing up against your skin.
Creating the album was a family affair in more ways than one. It was recorded at Maury's stepfather's studio in Arizona--the same place his brother Marty used to cut Flake Music’s first album. Since finding success with The Shins, The Giranimals say they’ve benefited from Marty's brotherly advice. “He's always told me to be realistic,” Maury says. “If big things don't happen for The Giranimals, it's not really a big deal for us since we have families, careers and lives outside of music. We're happy.” (LM)