Shortwave Society

Posted by Christopher Rudder

Shortwave Society fuses elements from orchestral and electronic soundscapes to create a unique accompaniment to their off-kilter pop songs. Violin, cello, and a sea of vocals weave intricate tapestries while guitar and pianos pulse, and electronic bleeps and blips fill every nook and cranny of your subconscious. This lady and gents host a post-modern sojourn through jazz, pop, and chamber music traditions; equally at home in the dance club or the concert hall alike.



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The band is a musical collaboration of five Knoxville, Tennessee-based musicians.  It began as a series of experiments in the laboratory of a local musical commune, intent on bridging gaps between musical genres.  The project was spearheaded by brothers Grant and Curtis Geren and Jason Day, but took its final form with the addition of string divas Alexia Pantanizopoulos and Sarah Hurd.  Alexia has since departed the group, leading to the addition of electric bassist Taylor Hiner. With Shortwave Society, the musical Mission Statement is simple, “to unearth and perform the common thread between all that is musical.”  Execution of this goal is another matter, at times virtuosic, at times technological, but always heartfelt and human at its core.


At the heart of Shortwave Society’s musical landscape lies songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist, Grant Geren. His willingness to delve into unconventional song structures, coupled with his knack for surreal lyricism, gives the band’s music its unique emotional identity.  Pianist and arranger Jason Day augments these contributions.  Day’s extensive jazz background floats subliminally behind his arrangements, drawing equally from classical, pop, and music from around the world.  The project is advanced by Curtis Geren; a perpetual student of percussion instruments and electronic music.   violinist Sarah Hurd completes the circle, adding the essential chamber music element.

The group completed their first self-titled EP in spring 2009, and has recently released their first LP, entitled Voyeur (spring 2010). Both are available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and eMusic, as well as in physical CD form. They are currently in pre-production of their next record, entitled Songs for Orphans.


CR: I wanna thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me and to RogueMag. How Are You?


Shortwave Society: Thank You! we are doing well, thanks.


CR:...iiight lets do this!!! Aside from music and what is written in your bio, tell us something about you that your fans don’t know.


Shortwave Society: hmm, well we have recently lost our band's cellist, but we have replaced her with a great bassist named Taylor Hiner.  we are currently working on a new record that is tentatively entitled "songs for orphans"


CR: As an artist, the musical journey is a long (trust me I know) and can not be done by oneself. Who are some of the people in your life who have supported you and continue to support you through you musical career.