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Grand Mal


Grand Mal
Love Is The Best Con In Town CD
Simmering with homegrown soul, this piano-based album is more stripped down and less bombastic than previous Grand Mal efforts – think of a collision of early Todd Rundgren, Holland-era Beach Boys and of course the relaxed swagger of classic Grand Mal-style r’n’r. Loaded with some of the best songs of Bill Whitten’s prolific career...

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Wed 11/01/06, Brooklyn, NY, Rocks in Your Head w/Hopewell&Damon McMahon
Thurs 11/02/06, New York, NY, Fat Baby - Official CMJ Showcase
Fri, 11/03/06, New York, NY, Mo Pitkins - Fanatic PR Accoustic Showcase



"The Best Con In Town" MP3
from Love Is The Best Con In Town


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“Grand Mal ooze cool” - NME
“Rock with an unabashed swagger.” - New York Times
"Authentic New York grime" - Mojo

After the 1995 dissolution of Hartford, CT’s mess-rock poster children St. Johnny, bandleader Bill Whitten, with only an Epiphone Les Paul Jr. copy and a notebook full of rough edged hits to his name, found himself in New York. Informed by New York Dolls, T-Rex, and Mott the Hoople instead of his previously slack, droning St. Johnny work, Whitten introduced Grand Mal later that year. Whitten has spent the last decade since writing brilliant off-kilter rock’n’roll gems about first round K.O.’s. bail-jumping ex-wives, disaster films, mustachioed fascists and endless misadventures. Continuing work with St. Johnny producer Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, etc.), Grand Mal released a slew of albums on Number 6, Slash/London, and Arena Rock before calling it quits after 2003’s critically acclaimed Bad Timing. Whitten quietly returned to home recording, and, out of nowhere, delivered his most realized, relaxed album to date: Love Is The Best Con In Town.

Go here for Bill's in-depth autobiographical account of the band's history w/loads o/MP3s.



General interview

Love Is The Best Con In Town
Gibson Backstage Pass's

Bad Timing
Creem Online
Drowned In Sound

Lost at Sea
The New York Times
Pitchfork Media
Pop Matters


Grand Mal EP (No. 6, 1996)
Pleasure Is No Fun CD/LP(No. 6, 1997)
“Whole Lotta Nothing”/”Life’s a Gas” CD single (Slash/London, 1998)
“Stay in Bed” from Jawbreaker: Music from the Motion Picture (London, 1999)
“Stay in Bed (Death in Vegas Remix)” CD single (Slash/London, 1999)
Maledictions CD (Slash/London, 1999)
“Hey Man” from This is Next Year: A Brooklyn-Based Compilation CD (Arena Rock, 2001)
Bad Timing CD (Arena Rock, 2003)
Love Is The Best Con in Town (New York Night Train, 2006)


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