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Local Band Up Against Heavy-Hitters At 56th Annual Grammys

When the envelopes are opened and winners are named at this year's Grammy Awards, a little band from Geneseo will have their fingers crossed.
When the envelopes are opened and winners are named at this year's Grammy Awards, a little band from Geneseo will have their fingers crossed. 

Mike Brown has been a professional musician since he was 17, but he never expected this.

"It was never really meant to be a band, it was just me and him fooling around in the studio and coming up with weird noises," he said.

That band, Brown and his childhood friend Zac Decamp, are now heading to the biggest event in the music industry.

"We're both born and raised in Geneseo and we named the band Geneseo because it's where we're from and couldn't come up with anything better," he said.

Their new album "Automatic Music Can Be Fun" is in the running for this year's "Best Recording Package" Grammy. Brown says he can still hardly believe it. 

"A record that has no money behind it whatsoever is up against Jay-Z, Metallica, and David Bowie. It makes no sense, but it's cool," Brown said.

But it is the album's packaging, not its budget, that earned him his nomination. The CD's fold-out cover has scratch-off liner notes that spell out a poem. The poem lead to a bonus song on the web.

"Basically music makes a piece of art, makes another piece of music, makes a piece of art," Brown said.  

It is a new take on album art from a man who fills his recording studio with antiques. But for Brown, the music is its own reward. Everything else, even a Grammy, is just a bonus. 

"This stuff is my wishlist. I mean, making cool records with people and making the best art I can is pretty much what I care about. It's the only thing I know how to really do," he said. 

Tune into WROC-TV on Sunday, January 26th at 8 p.m. for the full show from the 56th annual Grammy Awards. 

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