Imagine if Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Alice Cooper had a grandmother that fronted a rock band…enter Granny 4 Barrel!
A Neo-Victorian steampunk shock rock nightmare – she is the Matriarch of Metal! The rocker “Freak Flag” is the first single/video of many to come (released via Mighty Loud Records and produced by Jeff Tomei), a song about being true to yourself. And the band’s singer (who goes by the name Granny) is a true original – “She represents freedom of expression, no limits on a person, and I channel her rage and insanity. In society, there are these stereotypes based on age, sex, race etc. Granny just shatters the mold! Her mantra is unleash your true self…make your own rules, anything is possible.”
It’s been far too long since the likes of Alice Cooper, Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson shocked and rocked their way up the charts and into arenas. Finally, the rock world has their next band that combines hard-hitting rock and theatrics – Granny 4 Barrel – who have unveiled the first in a series of singles with visuals, “Freak Flag.”
Who is this matriarch of metal? “Granny is an alter-ego character, an amalgam of contradictions, a dichotomy of old and feeble meets youth, power and vigor,” explains the singer of Granny 4 Barrel, who goes by the name Granny. “She represents freedom of expression, no limits on a person, and I channel her rage and insanity. In society, there are these stereotypes based on age, sex, race etc. Granny just shatters the mold! Her mantra is unleash your true self…make your own rules, anything is possible. The first song released to radio is ‘Freak Flag,’ that’s the theme of the song – ‘Be true to yourself…let your ‘Freak Flag’ Fly.
The video, which premiered on BraveWords.com, is visually about freedom of expression, and not being afraid to expose who you really are. With that in mind, extras were included in shooting the video, and not just the band alone. A casting call was placed for eccentric people who wanted to be able to express themselves. People who had a special look or talent that made them unique responded and appeared by the masses for shooting. This is what makes the video extra special, these are not “quote” Hollywood actors, these are real people, looking the way they look and doing the things that they do every day…The extra’s looks or personnas were not modified in anyway, maintaining a truly authentic experience.
Produced by Jeff Tomei (whose previous credits include working with Jerry Cantrell, Smashing Pumpkins, and Matchbox Twenty, among others) and issued via Mighty Loud Records (and distributed by InGrooves/Universal), further singles will be arriving in the coming months. This will include ‘Nitro Sexy’ (“basically, the two words describe it – “speed and sex”), ‘She Likes Guns’ (“it’s got innuendo, and a sexy vibe'”), and ‘Piledriver’ (“about a villainess femme fatale…a common theme on the record”).
Granny 4 Barrel “Freak Flag” – Official Music Video
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Lastly, is the Granny 4 Barrel live experience, which is like no other rock artist. “They’re going to see shock rock at its finest. It’s a heavy band, with a horror vibe and strong hooks, it’s visual eye candy, and if you’re into the sounds of metal bands, industrial bands, and violin mixed with theatrics then this band is for you.”
Be prepared to be shocked and rocked, by Granny 4 Barrel.