Stomping Grounds: Ed Grimes (Seluah) on Louisville, Kentucky


Louisville, KY’s Seluah stormed on to the scene back in 2002. Leo Weekly and Ear X-tacy both raved about their debut EP. It was good (it still is). Other bands and life in general got in the way, but 10 years later Seluah’s finally returned with the release of their debut full-length, Red Parole on Karate Body Records. Haunting post-rock, that’s dark, but not gothy. There’s a strong heritage to good guitar driven rock of this kind in Louisville and it’d be a disservice not to mention here the recent passing of The Shipping News’ Jason Noble (who Seluah had played shows with). What he has left, many others – from Louisville and beyond – are sure to pick up on.
Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Seluah singer/drummer Ed Grimes to ask some questions about Louisville. Here’s what he told us about the city’s best attractions, the juke box at Mag-bar, and his dreams of living in Costa Rica.

What’s your town’s nickname?
The River City.
What’s your nickname for your town?
The North Pole of The South or Loserville.
Why do you live there?
Born and raised here… Strong sense of community here with Family, other musicians and friends…
What is your favorite local attraction (monument, park, etc)?
Bernheim Forest.
What is your favorite local event or festival?
Beatersville and Schnitzelberg Walk.
What is the best time of year to be there?
Who is your favorite local celebrity?
Mark Anthony Mulligan.
Where is the best place to drink and what’s their specialty or happy hour?
I really like Outlook Inn and Nachbar.
Who has the best jukebox (and what’s in it)?
Mag Bar.  Everything from Buddy Holly to Metallica and Oblong Box.
Do you play music there? If so, where is your favorite place to play?
Yes. Zanzabar and Headliners
Does where you live influence your music?
Yes… I think it’s an affordable place and fairly conducive to artists, but it’s stagnant, drab and has an identity problem…. These help propel us as well…
What is your favorite place to see live music and what was your favorite show there?
Zanzabar. Tie between Maserati and Phantom Family Halo…
What is your favorite local band?
That’s really tough….  For me it’s a three-way-tie between Black Diamond Heavies, The Young Widows and Sea Hero.
What is your favorite diner or restaurant and what is their best dish?
Mayan Cafe and Blue Dog Cafe… Pretty much anything they offer…
What is your favorite record store and what was your best find there?
Ear X Tacy (RIP) Shun Jun Hyun.
What is your favorite local publication (alternative weekly, zine, website or blog)?
This is Louisville.
What is your favorite local shop?
Wild and Woolly.
If you could live anywhere else, where would that be?
Either Long Beach or Costa Rica…