Memphis's Grifters made some of the finest recordings of Clinton-era America, with a number of albums on labels such as Shangri-La (their second and third LPs) and then Sub Pop for their remaining two albums. Their mixture of Memphis blues/roots influences, classic pop songwriting, and lo-fi aesthetics made them as one of the shining lights of the '90s indie-rock scene. Here, Sorcerer Records reissue their first full-length LP, So Happy Together, out of circulation for over two decades. Originally released in 1992 on the Chicago indie label, Sonic Noise, which ceased operations not long after the album was released (hence many Grifters fans having never heard this very recording), So Happy Together is an absolute masterpiece of lo-fi slapped-together rock & roll.
Less "rootsy" than their subsequent music, it sees the band navigating their way through ten sublimely inventive, non-generic "rock" tracks. At the time they were compared to the likes of Pavement, Guided By Voices, Trumans Water, et al and other practitioners of stumbling no-fi sounds, but the Grifters' deft grasp of song dynamics, mixing up quiet balladry with booming guitar explosions inhabiting the same song surely puts them in their own bracket. Claimed to be the missing link twixt the Wipers and Mission Of Burma, 25 years later, such a claim still doesn't seem totally ridiculous.
The time is ripe for the world to rediscover the sheer genius of The Grifters. The Fat Possum label reissued their second and third albums, and now it's time to hear where it all began. So Happy Together comes fully remastered from the original tapes by Mikey Young and is housed in a heavy 425gm sleeve. An accompanying insert features exclusive photos and new liner notes from the band's Tripp Lamkins.