The Jess Grant Conspiracy
The Jess Grant Conspiracy features bassist Casey Allen, drummer Douglas Roach and lead guitarist Greg Mauser.
Jess' previous musical projects include:
SUGARCANE MUTINY (Original power-pop) 2007 – 2009
SUGARCANE MUTINY took two shots of single-malt rock and added a dash of twang. The band's lyric-driven songwriting and power-pop beats blended the dark humor and storytelling of a Cracker or Wilco with the loud jangly pop of the Smithereens and Fastball. The band released one 7-song CD entitled Your Town.
"Each time I’ve seen Sugarcane Mutiny they’ve reminded me of the Smithereens. This Seattle quartet plays rootsy, jangly pop with an emphasis on songs as opposed to the requisite instruments and haircuts…Tarantino-like stories…Yeah, they’re cool. These seasoned cats found a common thread — smart songwriting, stringent, catchy melodies and a dose of twang — on their self-titled CD." Brad Allen of the Weekly Volcano (Tacoma)
JETT CITY (Joan Jett Tribute) 2004 – 2007
JETT CITY was a tribute to the godmother of riot grrls, Joan Jett. Combining punk and pop in a feisty brew of big hits and obscure B-sides, JETT CITY covered songs from Joan's entire 30-year recording career. The band was neither an impersonation act nor was it peddling 80's nostalgia – rather, JETT CITY was a loud, punk-influenced rock band playing all Joan all the time. The band turned gender-roles upside down, with women propelling the rhythm on drums and bass and two guys on guitars. Jess' role as lead singer, in particular, created ironic shifts in meaning.
THE WASHINGTON WALTZ (acoustic CD) 2003
A full-length acoustic album with Richard Karst engineering, playing bass and singing harmony. The song "Auto Shop" received national airplay on NPR's Car Talk, and "For My Foreskin" (a cheeky send-up of male circumcision) developed a cult following in the anti-circumcision movement.
"A wealth of fresh, original ideas...one outrageous or innovative idea after another." Victory Music Review