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Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars Hide in Plain Sight

Storie Grubb’s snarled vocals and manic guitar, Mathew Vorhies’s jaunty accordion, Dustin Jones’s weaving basslines and Bruce Maurey’s fierce drumming got people dancing.

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One of the overlooked gems of Treefort 2013 was Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars Sunday night set at The Crux. Going on at the same time as THEEsatisfaction at Neurolux and Built to Spill at the El Korah Shrine, not even 30 people saw the local folk-punk group play. That didn’t stop Grubb and Company from playing a focused, high-energy set.

Although the crowd was more than twice as large at The Crux on Thursday, March 20, people didn’t see Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars play then, either. Not at first, anyway: the band started the set playing behind two white sheets. Projections played on the sheets, which further obscured the band (though the musicians could be seen in silhouette). Nonetheless, Storie Grubb’s snarled vocals and manic guitar, Mathew Vorhies’s jaunty accordion, Dustin Jones’s weaving basslines and Bruce Maurey’s fierce drumming got people dancing.

When the sheets were moved back, the crowd let out a huge cheer. Hopefully, more people will keep an eye on this band from now on.