A Grape Dope is the nickname of the drummer, producer and founding member of Tortoise, John Herndon. And for the first time, he released a solo LP. The record, Arthur King presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Bangers, is slated for release on June 5 through Dangerbird. Herndon also shared the new song "Puppet Clubbing" with a picture of his animation. See below.

In a press release, Herndon described Backyard Bangers as "a collage of sounds – found and recorded in different places and in different ways and then glued together with a little rhythm, some space, melody, harmony, noise". He continued: "I hope it reads like a piece of my record collection – hip hop, punk, disco jazz, metal, noise, house, techno, comedy, various others."

John Herndon's last studio album with Tortoise was The Catastrophist in 2016. Read more about Tortoise in "Yearbook: Beyond Rock – The Heyday of the 90s DIY Scene in Chicago".

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