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Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money

by Jared Mees & The Grown Children

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This 11 song (+ bonuses) follow up to 2007’s “If you Wanna Swim W/ The Sharks” (Named one of the best albums of 2007 by Willamette Week will cause fans of “high quality/lo-fi” (Portland Tribune) “wry wit and slacker folk charm” (West Coast Performer) or “sprawling box car folk songs” (Portland Mercury) to take note. A US Tour will follow in October.

Recorded at Mastan Music Studios in Portland OR and Produced by Jeremy Wilson (Dharma Bums/Pilot)
and principle songwriter Jared Mees, Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine Money features percussion/drum work from Ezra Holbrook, (Decemberists, Dr Theopolis) viola and string arrangements by Jordan Dykstra, (VP - Marriage Records, sometime contributor to Valet, Atlas Sound) accordion, piano and organ from Eric Gilbert (Finn Riggins) and vocals by Megan Spear as well as contributions from a host of others.

About Jared Mees and the Grown Children

The brainchild of songwriter/composer/arranger/screenprinter Jared Mees, “The Grown Children” are the catchall name for the current amalgamation of players collaborating with Mees on recordings or on stage. Mees’ first solo effort “If You Wanna Swim w/ the Sharks” was named one of the best albums of 2007 by Willamette Week and called “fucking fantastic” by current Willamette Week Music Director Casey Jarman.

The first incarnation of the Grown Children was borne of a Panamanian Island, where Mees, his wife (and Tender Loving Empire co founder) Brianne and 2 friends wrote the bulk of the songs that would eventually become “Sharks...” After recording Sharks in L.A. and moving to Portland Mees embarked upon 2007’s ill fated and aptly named No A/C tour, with the members of Finn Riggins playing many of Mees’ songs.

Since then many friends have joined the Grown Children Family, and while the constant lineup changes and improvised, infrequent rehearsals would cause many bands to suffer, they have become the vitality of the Grown Children, giving live shows a devil-may-care energy and keeping the recordings on the new album Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money dynamic, vibrant and honest.


released October 7, 2008

Jared Mees: Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Megan Spear: Vocals, Choir
Brianne Mees: Vocals, Choir
Jordan Dykstra: Viola, Choir
Andrew Poole: Violin
J. Adam Young: Cello
Ezra Holobrook: Drums, Shakers
Eric Gilbert: Vocals, Hammond, Synth, Rhodes, Accordian



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