Share new video "Translator" from their latest full-length Not Ok with Things
Arising at the forefront of contemporary underground pop, Chicago-based duo GRÜN WASSER shapes the course of minimal electronic music and blurs the boundaries of art, songwriting
and performance on their latest full-length Not Ok with Things out now.
Vocalist Keely Dowd and producer Essej Pollock artfully bend and reconfigure popular trends in dance music into unconventionally catchy songs and a powerful live show. Their unique mix of hardware, software and sampling coalesce into irresistible rhythms and driving sequences that fuse perfectly with Dowd’s distinctive alto voice, forming music that is as instantly appealing
as it is fascinating.
With lyrics inspired by personal struggles and social inequality, GRÜN WASSER raises the bar on innovation in modern pop as they arrive on the national stage with Not Ok with Things.
As longtime friends, Dowd and Pollock formed GRÜN WASSER in 2015 out of the rich cultural hub of Chicago. Both had backgrounds in punk and electronic music and together crafted a dynamic live act that fit within a variety of niche genres and scenes.
Amidst the hype of GRÜN WASSER’s first album Nein/9 in 2016, Dowd’s alluring stage persona blossomed, while offstage her personal life began to unravel due to alcoholism and resulting depression.
Nevertheless, the two began touring the country while writing new material and by late 2017, Dowd was able to get sober just ahead of their self-released follow-up album. On 2018’s Predator/Prey, Dowd candidly spoke out against hyper-masculinity and challenged
misogynistic cultural norms.
The lyrics of her songs became woven into the live performance, with Dowd often venturing into the crowd and confronting audience members with an intensely honest portrayal of feminine empowerment. Perfectly paired, Pollock’s thumping, experimental beats complement Dowd’s hypnotic vocals and gripping stage presence, making GRÜN WASSER a potent combination of
pop and art.
On Not Ok with Things, Dowd deconstructs her alcoholism and protests the gross imbalance of gender roles. This complex mixture of emotions provides a palpable overcast to Pollock’s cold
bass lines and brooding synth tones.
The lyrics on songs like “Translator” and “Tried Spitting at The Sun” depict a turbulent mind bracing the ups and downs of relapse and recovery, while “Worm” and “Gray/Grey” grapple
with the social casualties of addiction.
The heavy subject matter is delivered within organic arrangements that often deviate from a typical verse-chorus format, representing the revolving tides of raw emotional expression. GRÜN WASSER’s use of textural samples gives an environmental context, enhancing the composition and revealing influences from hip-hop, house and industrial music.
Pollock’s abstract percussion techniques incorporate real-world sounds with high-hat rolls and thick sub bass, adding a gritty undertone
to their polished sound design. Swells of backing vocals add highlights of nuanced melody that swirl in and around Pollock’s dense synthwork and precise drum programming.
Not Ok with Things is a bold exposition and an inspiring symbol of female resilience in the modern world, giving GRÜN WASSER’s work dimensions beyond the audible.
GRÜN WASSER fully realizes their singular talent on Not Ok with Things, crafting meaningful pop music with unmistakable passion and evocative style.
10/1 - Minneapolis, MN at Eagles Club
10/2 - Madison, WI at The Wisco
10/3 - Chicago, IL at Sleeping Village
10/5 - Indianapolis, IN at Hoy Polloy
10/6 - Cleveland, OH at Now That's Class
10/7 - Oberlin, OH at The Sco
10/8 - Detroit, MI at Outer Limits Lounge
10/9 - Toronto, ON at The Baby G
10/10 - Ottowa, ON at Pressed
10/11 - Montréal, QC at La Sala Rossa
10/12 - Providence, RI at Machines With Magnets
10/13 - Greenfield, MA at The Root Cellar
10/14 - Boston, MA at O’Briens
10/15 - Brooklyn, NY at Trevorshaus
10/16 - Philadelphia, PA at Cousin Danny's
10/17 - Washington D.C. at Pie Shop
10/18 - Baltimore, MD at No Land Beyond
10/19 - Atlanta, GA at The Mammal Gallery
10/20 - Athens, GA at The Mill
10/21 - Orlando, FL at Stonewall
10/22 - Gainesville, FL at The Atlantic
10/23 - Houston, TX at Rudyard's
10/24 - Austin, TX at Mohawk
10/25 - Dallas, TX at Club Dada
10/26 - Denton, TX at Rubber Gloves
10/27 - Albuquerque, NM at Longhair Records
10/29 - Tucson, AZ at Club Congress
10/30 - San Diego, CA at SWISH
10/31 - Los Angeles, CA at Neon Plus Ultra
11/1 - Oakland, CA at Golden Bull
11/2 - Reno, NV at The Holland Project
11/4 - Denver, CO at Rhinoceropolis
11/5 - Kansas City, MO at miniBar
11/6 - St. Louis, MO at CBGB
B I Z Z A R R E
GRÜN WASSER - Translator
GRÜN WASSER – Not Ok with Things