Movin’ on up: An Interview with The Griswolds

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Still spinning from their breakout success in 2012, Sydney band The Griswolds are currently gearing up for a headline tour, plus also beginning to record their debut. They managed to find a few minutes in their hectic schedule to have a chat with us. 

You guys had a pretty great year in 2012, what stands out as the highlight?

Parklife was a massive highlight for us, we won the triplej unearthed slot and it was the first Festival we had played together, so we were all really stoked! We had to work really hard and step it up to share the stage with such amazing bands there, so it was a huge learning curve for us.

“Heart Of A Lion” really blew up, did you realise when you wrote it that it would be such so big?

No, no idea at all, Dan and I knew it was one of the better songs we’d written in our lifetime, but we never imagined our music would get noticed all around the world. We just love song writing and performing, we had no expectations, we still find it hard to believe that the band is actually doing reasonably well

You’re about to embark on the “The Courtship of Summer Preasley” tour, before heading overseas, so what’s the best and worst thing about being on the road?

I don’t think we’ve experienced the bad side of touring yet, we love every aspect of touring. It’s like a big road trip (we drive most places) with your best mates and in each new town you get play music and party with a bunch of new people.

Do you go through any superstitious, pre-show rituals?

Yeah, no one is allowed to be sober before a show

What makes a good audience?

As soon as the band you love walks out on stage, all of a sudden everyone in the room that you’ve never met becomes your best friend and you all get drunk together and sing along to your favourite songs, that makes a great audience!

 How do you like to wind down after a gig?

We usually do our winding down in the tour van the next day.

You’re set to record the follow-up to last year’s EP later in the year, do you have an idea of what you’d like it to sound like?

We’d love it to be a fusion of Devendra Banhart, MGMT, Frank Ocean and Alt-J.

 What should audiences expect from these upcoming shows?

Audiences should expect that we’re going to expect them to party with us!

“The Courtship of Summer Preasley” Tour kicks off April 11 at the Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay 

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