Grails – Experimental Rock Band
Originally named Laurel Canyon, Grails is an experimental rock band based in Portland. The band began playing shows together in 1999, self-releasing two EPs before signing to Neurot Recordings for the release of their debut full-length under the Grails moniker, 2003's The Burden of Hope. The core lineup of Alex John Hall, Emil Amos, and William Zakary Riles was refined over time, with previous members sometimes joining the trio for live performances and guest collaborators contributing to their recording sessions.
Grails joined the Temporary Residence Ltd. roster for the release of their third studio LP, Burning Off Impurities. The group has grown a loyal fan base in the instrumental and experimental music communities due to their prolific release schedule, including Black Tar Prophecies Vols 1, 2, & 3 (2007), Take Refuge in Clean Living (2008), Doomsdayer's Holiday (2008), Deep Politics (2011), Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5, & 6 (2013), and Chalice Hymnal (2017). When not working with Grails, the members stay busy in assorted side projects; Hall has played guitar with Steve Von Till of Neurosis in his Harvestman project, Amos has played drums with Jandek, and both Hall and Amos perform in the Mexican Summer duo Lilacs & Champagne.Less