February 12th, 2010
77 Square’s cover story this week is a profile of these folks:
They are members of GRAMPS – Glorification Realization Appreciation of Metal and Prog Society – at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Welcome to the Glorification Realization Appreciation of Metal and Prog Society, aka GRAMPS. At a time when folk-rock and hip-hop rule the college scene, this growing society of metalheads and prog rock geeks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is fueling the local scene for what they consider a marginalized genre.
Sophomores Max Rock and Aaron Bartholomew founded GRAMPS last year when they couldn’t find anything like it at a student org fair. The members meet socially, write a zine called Pantheon, play in bands, take field trips to out-of-town concerts and book bands on campus. The group started with 15 or 20 people. Now it claims a mailing list of more than 100.
“It’s very easy to get metalheads out to a show. Madison’s got a great metal community. They’ll come out to any show, any (sub)genre. There are very few purists,” said Ty Christian, Lords of the Trident’s lead singer.
Also of note is an upcoming gig here in Madison featuring Milwaukee-area chamber progsters Far Corner.
GRAMPS is planning a major show on April 17 in the Memorial Union, tentatively featuring Sleepytime Gorilla Museum from Oakland, Calif., plus local acts Far Corner, Erebus and Lords of the Trident.