Let the Little Things Go

by Robby Grant

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about

Sometimes ill-fated relationships can linger years past their expirations. Not because denial is easy. But because goodbyes are hard.

With Let The Little Things Go—the fifth and final LP under his Vending Machine moniker—suburban attic pop songsmith and multi-instrumentalist Robby Grant manages to say goodbye to his longtime pseudonym in just under 20 minutes.

Not that Little Things is a breakup record. Or that Grant is severing ties to his signature rock/folk/electronica sound and angular (don’t say “quirky”) arrangements. Likewise, his Salingeresque flair for turning profoundly simple observations into simply profound statements is on full display. But there’s an undeniable thread of restlessness this time. From the first haunting jangle of the opening track, “Ask You To Leave”, there’s a sense that something big is coming.

Even radio ready moments like the string-tinged “In America” and the sunshiny “Move Away” (about a not-so-imaginary couple contemplating life in another city) take on a different tone given the underlying Dear John theme. In this context, it’s easy to hear Grant’s suggestion that “We’ll go somewhere where everyone’s a stranger/We could even change our names” as an artist bubbling with curiosity about the prospect of life outside his 15-year comfort zone.

There are side trips too. Like the decidedly Vending Machine-y “Don’t Brag,” which lurches forward like a bear on a unicycle, outing the kind of water cooler narcissism that possesses people to boast about such formidable accomplishments as eating lunch.

But the occasional detour isn’t enough to distract from the overall feeling of a guillotine being gradually raised. When the blade finally drops, Grant seems more relieved than grieved. In the end, his tightest and most accessible solo work to date isn’t so much a record about how hard it is to say goodbye, but how necessary.

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released February 17, 2015

Written and PREformed by Robby Grant
Backing vox on "In America": Sadie Grant and Julie Schepman
Move Away recorded at Easley McCain Recording.
Art & layout: Dima Drjuchin
Sequencing consultation: @sloganeerist
Contact: @fourgrant | vendingmachineband.com
All songs: BMI-Peeled Out Sounds | 2015

Thx to Rae, Five, Sadie and all my family and everyone that's played in the band over the past 15 years.

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Robby Grant Memphis, Tennessee

As co-frontman of perennial genre-blurrers Big Ass Truck, Robby Grant spent the better part of the 90s touring, writing and recording his way around the U.S

A number of works followed over the next decade and a half, including 2015's Let The Little Things Go--the last of five albums released under Grant's sounds-like-a-band-but-it's-really-just-one-guy pen name, Vending Machine.
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Track Name: Ask You to Leave
I hear you leave for work before I wake
You give more than you take
You want to erase all of your memories
But you got a lot to see

Like when they all were babies 
And drooled on your best shirt sleeve
Like when they all were babies
And they had to ask you to leave

The clock hangs high so you know when he’ll be home
He says he lost his phone
I know if you could take it back you would
It never was that good

Like when they all were babies 
And drooled on your best shirt sleeve
Like when they all were babies
And they had to ask you to leave
Track Name: Move Away
it comes to us when we’re down to out with
nowhere left to go
the city feels so small like there’s no one left to know

go somewhere everyone’s a stranger
we could even change our names
i would call you Shelly baby and you’d call me Shane
ok - maybe that’s insane,
but let’s move away

yeah we gotta move away
way out west would be ok
we just got to move away

your mom would probably be kinda mad
mine would be ok
they could visit us because no one is ever too far away

how about niagara falls where the winter’s are real cold
somewhere south of mexico, well either way i’m sold
let’s not wait til we’re too old
to move away

yeah we gotta move away
i think london would be ok
we just gotta move away

i wouldn’t miss the hot ass summers
but i’d definitely miss my friends
it would be kind of hard at first but we’d settle in
let’s move away

yeah we gotta move away
invite our friends to come and stay
we just gotta move away
Track Name: Wrapped up in a Secret
if you’re gonna hurt them
i don’t want that
you should keep it to yourself
what i know now
is wrapped up in a secret
i’m not gonna let it out

when the damage is done
and you have left none
you should talk to yourself
my advice to you was
wrap it in a secret
and never let it out
Track Name: Don't Brag
you just bought something on the internet
no need to brag
you just had lunch at a place we've all been before
please don't brag

you went to a public beach 300 miles away
i bet that you will brag
finally changed the lightbulb that's been out for weeks
not an opportunity to brag

please don't brag

[check out this solo!]

you went to south america and ate a rare bug
ok - that's your chance to brag
on your way home you drank 23 beers
you see - THAT is not an opportunity to brag

please don't brag