Jimmy Paid the Price

by Jared Grabb

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1.
I know. I get it. They didn’t dress it up much. Concrete floors and a graffiti backdrop. And, those in-stores were straight up punk shows and they happened every week. There were rumors of an unsavory nature. And, they could really draw those kids that didn’t bathe. Way back then who had heard of Conor Oberst or those stars mistaken for planes. Jimmy paid the price. Yeah. Jimmy paid the price and put up a parking lot. And, you might say, “Who’s Jimmy?” Jimmy’s your neighbor. “Well, we were here first, and Jimmy came later.” But, he’s the greater and you’re the lesser. Yeah. Jim’s an owner and you’ve got a lessor. Well, let’s say Jimmy is a corporation. Let’s say Jimmy is a chain. Let’s say Jimmy didn’t like the punks that lingered and scared the middle class away. Well, Jimmy paid the price. Yeah. Jimmy paid the price and put up a parking lot. Jimmy paid the price. Yeah. Jimmy paid the price and put up a parking lot. And, I’m not saying it was wrong. And, I’m not saying it was right. But, I’ll say that it took something special, a formative site, a pocket of soul and tore it right out of our lives.
2.
Have we been bought and sold? Have we been bought and sold? Have we been controlled by the bait we’re taking? In a world filled with trolls, in a world filled with trolls, like a carousel, around they take us. What is the price they’re paying? What is the price we’re paying? And, it means so little now, it means so little now, ‘cause we mean so little now. Oh, the satire. Oh, the irony. You can keep your earnestness, ‘cause I just made a meme, and what is the price they’re paying? What is the price we’re paying? What is the price they’re paying? If we could be… Oh, if we could just be more honest, aware, and forgiving. The nihilism. The hypocrisy. We’re taking the piss out of everything. The double-speak. The marketing. We’re painting a picture and it’s self-destructing. If we could be… Oh, if we could just be more honest, aware, and forgiving. If we could be… Oh, if we could just be more honest, aware, and forgiving.

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The Peoria punk scene has a history of unconventional DIY music venues. In the late '90s, the sparse and plain Tiamat Records had risen to the top as the hippest place to perform for touring and local punk acts. Soon after, a neighboring business that disapproved of the gathering punks purchased the building where Tiamat's lease was held and proceeded to flatten the building for use as a parking lot.

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released June 4, 2021

Cover photo by Jonathan Wright.
Recorded in our homes during a pandemic.

Drums- Neal MacCannell
Bass- Christopher Lee Anderson
Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin- Jared Grabb

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Jared Grabb's earnest brand of indie/Americana creates low-key anthems for all working class dreamers.

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