Sydney-based band The Griswolds are an ambitious bunch. With their varied influences on artists and bands dabbling in the genres of indie rock and hip-hop, the three-piece have managed to sell out shows in the U.S while also receiving positive feedback for their latest sophomore record, High Times for Low Lives. Vocalist and guitarist Chris Whitehall took the time to answer some questions for us: from the pressures of writing a sophomore LP to the most crucial lesson the band has learnt from their journey in music.
You just recently wrapped up some sold out shows in the U.S. How were they and what were the main highlights of the tour?
The tour was so badass, the crowd response was amazing and it was one of my favourite tours yet! Probably a highlight for me every night was getting the chance to preach an anti-Trump message from stage every night.
A couple of months ago you guys released your sophomore record, High Times For Low Lives. Compared to your debut record, what made this one different?
We were introducing a lot more different styles of influence to our palette – lots of funk, hip-hop, and R&B. I think those influences really came out as we made this record. I think lyrically too, we really decided to tell the journey of the band’s lifestyle at the time we wrote the record. It was a scary thing but we didn’t want to just write another “candy indie pop” record.
Be Impressive ranked really well in the U.S Charts especially. Did you feel any sort of pressure writing the songs for the sophomore record?
I guess there’s always pressure to follow up on your success, we try to forget about all of that when it comes to writing. We don’t really want anything to influence the way we write other than what we love at that particular time.
When it comes to writing songs, what normally sparks your creativity?
Anything and everything – could look out the window and see something that triggers an idea or listening to something that inspires you to run to the studio and work on a new tune. I don’t think there any kind of rhyme or reason to the way we create, it’s very open and free.
It’s impressive to see how much you’ve achieved since the band’s formation in 2012. What would you say has been a crucial lesson you’ve taken since starting your music career?
It’s never easy, and it doesn’t get easier. You gotta work and keep working your ass off. There’s no moment where “you’ve made it” – you just keep fucking pushing and striving and no-one is gonna do it for you.
In music, who would you say has influenced you the most as musicians?
Nirvana, INXS, Kanye West, The Beatles, Midnight Oil, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, The Beach Boys.
You’ll be touring Australia at the end of next month. What would you say makes the Aussie crowd different to an international one?
Australians are god damn rowdy and we love it!
The Griswolds will be touring Australia starting at the end of this month. Catch them live with supporting band Lime Cordiale on the dates below:
THE GRISWOLDS NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Friday, 28th April @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday, 29th April @ Howler, Brunswick, VIC
Friday 05th May @ Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 12th May @ Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 13th May @ Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge, NSW
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