When Lauren Krum left her life and soul band behind in Chicago, her new project, The Grisly Hand, was the silver lining of her return to Kansas City. For years she’d wanted to make music with Jimmy Fitzner and Chas Snyder, who’d been playing the local indie and punk circuit since the mid 90s and were known by then as the band From Before (previously Tanka Ray and Dead Dora), and Johnny Nichols (The Uprights).
Within months of Krum’s return, in early 2009 The Grisly Hand played its first show. Anything but grisly, the initial incarnation featured Krum’s sultry, soulful alto set against a perfectly-balanced backdrop of memorable melodies from Fitzner (guitar, vocals), Nichols (bass) and Snyder (drums). But none of them had any idea how quickly Kansas City would embrace their “American sing-ish” sound — a style perfected in the basement of Fitzner’s home, the nick-namesake of their brand-new EP “Safe House.”