Grand Ole Party is a rock trio born in the salt airs of San Diego. The first thing that will grab your attention is Kristin Gundred’s powerfully genuine rock ‘n’ roll voice (think a female Geddy Lee with the spirit of a Janis Joplin and lessons from Robert Plant.) There are few like it. Doubling on drums, she belts out her story-like lyrics, accompanied by appealing rock n roll provided by the other two components of the band, John Paul Labno (guitar), and Michael Krechnyak (bass). Put ‘em together and you have some mighty fine rock n roll coming at you.
There’s a lot of sexuality wound up in those songs but with the delivery done by Kristin, they take on a sense of raw, bluesy power. There is no alterna-punk in this music either, a welcome break from the norm of today’s music. Instead, a core of old-style rock under girds this album of 13 tracks. All of the songs do the trick so there are no fillers on Humanimals.
Grand Ole Party is San Diego’s best-kept secret, certainly one you should investigate. Why should that beach city have all the fun?! Highly recommended!