Music to Your Ears
The Giranimals Go Extinct
A band at the forefront of Albuquerque's best indie-pop projects is calling it quits.
Maury Crandall, The Giranimals' drummer and principal songwriter, says the split is amicable. It's just that all involved have their fingers in one-too-many pies to, you know, practice and perform other important band-related tasks. The word he uses is "pooped."
Is it any wonder? In a little more than three years, vocalist Connie Crandall learned to play guitar and had two babies with Maury (they're married), the band released a lovely album (Imperfectly Timed Words) and opened for The Shins twice. (Tangent: The Shins are coming through Albuquerque again to play Popejoy Hall on Oct. 10. Check www.unmtickets.com for availability, and expect to pay in the neighborhood of $30-$40 a seat.)
The Giranimals' last show ever will be this Wednesday, Oct. 3, at The Tavern (4007 Menaul NE). They'll open for Zookeeper, which features ex-Mineral vocalist Chris Simpson. Also playing are The Cherry Tempo and Keyboard, a one-man synthpop show from Santa Fe.
Maury says he and Connie will continue to write music together and hope to someday start a new project with just the two of them. Busy as they must be, Giranimals bassist Jamie Rushad and guitarist Fox Fletcher are too talented sit idly by ... I hope to see something from each of them, in some capacity, before too long. Good luck to them all.