Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear | Dawn's Early Apocalypse

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Dawn's Early Apocalypse

by Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear

Humbucker-driven, unabashed leftist rock & roll with heavy doses of punk and spices of heartland roots rock, anchored by disarming melodies and lyrics by turn poignant, venomous and hilarious.
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1. Christian
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2. Kill the Poor
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3. Slut
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4. Nothing to Say
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5. One to Grow On
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6. Honea Path
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7. St. Booze
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8. Armies of the Lost
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9. Hey, Hitler!
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10. Fuck Fuck Fuck
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11. Thanks
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Album Notes

What if a legendary multiplatinum L.A. producer helped some no-name schmuck from Iowa make a splendorous, seething, unabashedly leftist rock record and even the hipster indie label community almost universally deemed it, to quote one indie hipster’s rejection email, “too in-your-face” to release? Do even the "edgiest" of our cultural gatekeepers now toe the line as to what art is acceptable, what ideas listenable, in homogenized, “wartime” America? Well now you can answer that question for yourself.

That CD, the now self-released DAWN'S EARLY APOCALYPSE, is the net of songwriter Matthew Grimm’s two-week stay at the Burbank, Calif. studio of Pete Anderson, widely considered one of the world’s best guitarists and producer of the bazillion selling records of Dwight Yoakam, Michelle Shocked and others. Yes, this record seeks to blast the dentures off the America’s prim and proper groupthink, often profanely so—and wouldn’t be doing its job if it didn’t. As Anderson’s stewardship evinces, it also offers blazing guitars, immaculate production and lyrics that echo the rage of millions watching their country slipping away from them.

Grimm earned some renown in the roots rock or Americana arena over 10 years with the New York band The Hangdogs, but his first 'solo' record under the aegis of Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear dispenses with all pigeonholing. This is a f—ing rock record. It is a punk rock record, a pop rock record, a roots rock record, a rock record in the best tradition, drawing on the many tributaries that have fed the river of American music. It is in fact a snarling dissent against the amorphous mass of corporate crap that has dammed that stream and made a fetid swamp of our culture, and an attempt, inthe same breath, to give voice to common sense and the common man where few others will.

Still, Dawn's Early Apocalypse more than matches Grimm's revolutionary verve with songs utterly disarming in melody, soul-rattling instrumentations and, above all, words by turn poetic, furious and funny. It is a testament to all that has been winnowed out of our once-great forum, countless voices not considered Clear Channel- or MTV-friendly, thus generally going unheard at the very time we need them most.

“Me, I’m gonna play the hell outta this stuff, stick it on mix CDs, blast it on my radio program, rock the tavern on my weeklyDJ night and force every hard-working, beer-guzzling, non-voting dumbass friend I have to listen to every word of it. Until I hear stuff like this rammed down my ear-holes as fervently and repetitively as I currently do “patriotic” pabulum like TobyKeith, Pat Robertson and Bill O’ F—ing Reilly, I’ll consider it my duty as a proud, practicing, rock ‘n’ roll preachin’ American . . .” —Pulse of the Twin Cities

“Those who like their rock ‘n’ roll pretty and polite should avoid Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear, as wanton a band ofaural barbarians as ever assaulted a soundboard . . . That [Grimm] couples his populist protests with a slashing wit makes it all the more imperative that the tracks on Dawn’s Early Apocalypse find a wider audience.” —Playback:StL

“. . . the hardest hitting leftfielder this side of Manny Ramirez.” —Iowa City Press-Citizen

“GenXers have rarely had more articulate spokesmen.” —Ottawa Citizen




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Dennis from Scotland

Man this is one belter of a cd, buy this you wont be dissapointed great song,s, brilliant.

Chase Colton

Finally - the Truth!
It's about time a group comes together that can voice what many are thinking and feeling but just can't seem to express! The truth of this music is powerfully moving as well as reassuring in that there IS a check and balance to injustice - it's in the voice of everyday people! The lyrics are well crafted; the music is beautifully blended with some intriguingly wonderful lead guitar lines. I look forward to what this band may offer in the future. Put me on the reserve list for the next disc!

Dan in Florida

Kick A - - !!!
Great mix of tunes. Really want to see them live.


Michael Huff

One of the best cd's I've heard in ages!
Dawn's Early Apocalypse is one of the best cd's I've heard in ages! It rocks, it's filled with black humor and rage and it is an angry, meaningful rant about the state of our nation. It deserves a national audience. Everyone I've played it for is left wondering why they never heard of Matthew Grimm & the Red Smear.

Dale Proctor

This CD will blow your nuts off (and then make you think)
Grimm may be "full of liquor, wings and rage" but this CD is all the better for it. A thinking person's album to help overthrow the Man's fascist white regime, "DEA" is full of tunes that are as skilled and GOOD as they are angry. Enjoy!

Stonewall Jackson

Best songwriter of our time
I've known of Matthew Grimm (the singer and songwriter) since the hangdogs. If you like to listen to music that is about something, you HAVE to own this album. I can't really convey how amazing his lyrics and songs are, you just have to listen to it. Key word, LISTEN. Every emotion you've ever felt and wanted to convey out loud - matthew grimm has written a song about. In the most eloquent, poignant, intelligent, understandable, uncovererd way you ever wanted to sound. I'm not the writer he is, just buy the record. Also check out some old Hangdogs music, if you can find it. The music sounds more country, but Matthew is still golden.

Krissi from Florida

Addictive ~ can't stop listening.
Yowza! Jammin' tunes, amazing lyrics and a history lesson all in one record! Highly recommended ~ needs worldwide airplay. Bonus = great music for working out (or dancing!)

Dinesh Dhananjaya

Fuck your Capitalism.
America is the womb of this filthy social system.We hate you from the very bottom of our hearts as we are the people who are rejected by your wicked social system.I am Sri Lankan and look at the abject poverty not only in my country but in the whole region.(forget India.they always kiss your ass..)You folks give hope to our poltical struggles here in third world.We belive there are still people with hearts in USA.Thanks for your music.


Controlled anger, well, kind of controlled.
Matt Grimm became famous to a few people about ten years ago when he fronted a band called the Hangdogs. The second album released by the 'dogs, "Beware of Dog" still ranks as one of the greatest albums ever. Well, Grimm is back, a little more angrier and a lot more rockin'. Great stuff by a very talented artist that seem to be still trying to wake up deaf ears.


Dawn's Early Apocalypse
Great album! It rocks, it rolls, it drives, and it's got something to say. I love it, and will get all my friends to buy it.
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