Chalice Hymnal on Temporary Residence Limited, for example — is that you feel like you’re really going somewhere when their stirring, inspiring tones blast out of your speakers. Going somewhere like on a mission, or an adventure, especially when that adventure makes you realize something about yourself as you move. You can point to cornerstones of influence ghosting through their grooves — like Kosmische music, or giallo soundtrack stabs — but their propulsive, rhythmically riveting songs are beasts unto Grails themselves, and they want to take you on a journey with them — their grail is a cradle of enlightenment, not a mug of STFU. Also tonight: avant guitarist Chuck Johnson.
The great thing about the music of Portland, Oregon, experimentalists Grails is that whenever you listen to an album of theirs — last year’s