"Three Will Grow Back" is a psychedelic take on the sense of resiliency which can result from sustained political resistance — a reimagining of Swedish-American socialist activist and songwriter Joe Hill's famous words, “it takes more than guns to kill a man.” In our version, this idea becomes: if you take my head, three will grow back.
You come for us, we only grow stronger and multiply.
"Don't mourn. Organize!" as Joe Hill famously said.
We dedicate the song now and forever to Brother Wayne Kramer of The MC5.
We've known and loved Wayne since 2011, when we threw a benefit in Austin for his organization Jail Guitar Doors, which provides instruments to those using music as a means of rehabilitation while incarcerated. .
“Three Will Grow Back” features Brother Wayne on lead guitar alongside two rappers we feel enormously lucky to count as friends as well as heroes: Chris Conde and E-Turn.
Brother Wayne's willingness to contribute to the song while it was still a very rough-sounding bedroom demo was the catalyst which brought the project to life, and is a testament to his unflinching musical courage and capacity for belief in people. Three Will Grow Back” wouldn't have become what it is without Wayne.
Thank you, Wayne, for leading a life of inspiration and integrity.
xx Name Sayers xx
Devin James Fry // vocals, synthesizer
Grant Himmler // bass, synthesizers, programming
Garrett Hellman // guitar
Marc Henry // drums and percussion
Chris Conde // guest vocals
E-Turn // guest vocals
Wayne Kramer // guest lead guitar
Produced and recorded by Grant Eppley, Name Sayers, and Devin James Fry at Hen House Recording in Austin, Texas and at Fry's home studio in Denver, CO. Copyright 2023 Name Sayers LLC.
More about Name Sayers' new album:
Joyboys In The Grindhouse
Produced by Grammy nominee Grant Eppley (for Spoon's Lucifer On The Sofa)
Mastered by Steve Fallone & Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound NJ
Featuring guitarist Wayne Kramer and rappers Chris Conde and E-Turn
Singles: "Reaper," "Lioness,"
"Three Will Grow Back (ft. Wayne Kramer, Chris Conde, and E-Turn,"
and "Gravedancer (ft. Chris Conde)"
Joyboys In The Grindhouse was released July 28, 2023.
Name Sayers is pleased to announce the July 2023 release of Joyboys In The Grindhouse. The album marks a pop evolution for the band, incorporating elements of psych rock, hip hop, synth pop, and cumbia, and featuring guest appearances from guitarist Wayne Kramer of The MC5, Brooklyn rapper Chris Conde, and Orlando rapper E-Turn. The album was produced by Grammy nominee Grant Eppley (for Spoon's Lucifer On The Sofa).
Name Sayers' personell includes Devin James Fry on vocals and various instruments, Grant Himmler on bass, Garrett Hellman on guitar, and Marc Henry on drums.
"We made some brutal pop songs," says Fry, "and celebrated everyone's creative input along the way. Joyboys dips in and out of sonic worlds while still being very much a Name Sayers joint."
The band has a history of organizing, producing, and promoting successful destination shows, including supporting the Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Matt Sweeney collaboration, Superwolves, in the towering main chamber of Longhorn Caverns, and the Black Angels' Alex Maas, in the picturesque desolation of a Texas ghost town.
The taut lyrics of Joyboys In The Grindhouse touch on sex, psychonautic tour experiences, self-medication for social anxiety, and the resiliency which can result from sustained political resistance.
The album's title nods to both a wry sense of camp that imbues the project and to Fry's hands-on profession as a surgical instrument sharpener. Fully 49 songs were written, demoed, and culled to the 11 that constitute Joyboys.
"In making a record, as in sharpening," says Fry, "you grind away what you don't need."
The album cover, meticulously photographed in the style of a Dutch Old Master by Dylan O'Connor, features such disconcerting preparations as a chocolate-drenched ham, dangerous utensils, wires suspended in melting Jello, a salad dressed with cigarette butts, and other details.
"It's a Carravagio of ruin, like most of life," says Fry. "You either laugh or die even sooner."
Joyboys In The Grindhouse is available as an audiophile 180-gram LP, as well as digitally and on CD.