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Keith Greiman: Casting The Imaginary Reel.

December 3, 2012

KeithGreiman01smallText by Rick Kauffman. Art by Keith Greiman.

KeithGreimansmallProwler, an ostentatiously funky disco sextet, has a fetish for beat-driven boogie and a frontman/lyricist who is an artist with the vision and skill to pick ideas out of thin air.

Singer Keith Greiman says the band’s songs have been written about such varied topics as restless leg syndrome, poison ivy on his dick in ninth grade, Nancy Reagan giving the best blowjob in Hollywood (according to Frank Sinatra) and getting cavities from candy.

“I’m just the talent, man,” Greiman says with a shrug of satisfaction. “The band is very patient with me. Whereas these guys are legitimate, real musicians, they just allow me to mess around. They’re friends. They don’t have a choice.”

Greiman’s Fishtown home is furnished with the delicate touch of a woman, his wife, and organized as neatly as he is dressed. The architect of the house was a true nut, creating a space devoid of any right angles and exposing brick in odd places that now serve as shelves for Greiman’s collection of snow globes. Upstairs in his studio are pictures framed of him and his wife’s family, plus a random one of Marlon Brando, and hanging on the walls are his canvas paintings.

“Prowler, from my standpoint, is sort of a weird by-product,” he says. “But painting has always been my focus. It’s my thing.”

His art, like the music he performs, is pressed on and layered sometimes beautifully and other times awkwardly, but always with a lust for shocking originality. A scene he paints begins with layers of sprawling green over a lush meadow which grows piece by piece into a vivid bubblegum landscape occupied by distortions of humanity – think Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on acid. In the harmony between man and nature, Greiman creates a juxtaposition that is both jarring and awe inspiring.

“While you work on something, you’ll have a line and wonder what it means or what you can make it mean, adding context after the fact,” Greiman says, comparing the process of creating music to creating art. “Really it’s just about laying on the ground and letting your mind wander. Just cast the line and reel them in.”KeithGreiman03smallKeithGreiman02small

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