Anita Baker? Grandfather Child's Lucas Gorham Unloads His Influences

Local music fans are all waiting intently for Grandfather Child to drop their self-titled debut on New West Records some time in early June, so this Big Star Bar gig is the best chance for you newbies to see what all the fuss from the cool kids will be about this summer. We've tried to wrestle an exact date from the label, but they are being all mysterious-like.

If you haven't already been baptized in the holy waters of Lucas Gorham and company, don't worry, you will be tonight at this free show, which also includes The Energy and Weird Weeds on the bill.

"I like to think that when someone sees a Grandfather Child show, they are experiencing a church service devoid of religion," says Gorham. "No disrespect to religion."

He describes the upcoming nine-track LP as "genre-bending" and hinted at tinges of gospel, punk and psychedelia, all while keeping the avant-garde slant that we have all grown to love. Already making the live rounds is "I Would Like to Thank the Universe/Planet Earth," which closes the first side of the album with a shot of interstellar Zappa weirdness.

The year-long recording process for the debut was done mostly at Houston's SugarHill Studios, with sweetening help from engineer Steve Christensen along the way.

Ahead of the show, Rocks Off asked Gorham to tell us about some of the components that went into the album. Of course, the man threw us some delightful curve balls along the way.

"This one exemplifies the sacred steel genre that has highly influenced our music. I would like to shred as good as she one day."

Sacred Steel: "Here is the trailer for the movie Sacred Steel. I recommend it to anyone. This movie directly influenced me and made me want to play steel guitar."

Anita Baker: "Okay, Anita Baker is one of my biggest influences vocally, even concerning production. When we were recording the album, I watched this movie repeatedly. This performance is exceptional."

Hound Dog Taylor: "Hound Dog Taylor is one of my favorite houserockin' blues guys. This video is awesome, these fools are having so much damn fun. I want to be this fun."

D'Angelo: "This D'Angelo song from the album Voodoo highly influenced several aspects of our aesthetic and songs. It's amazing. I want to be this sexy."

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