Serge Gainsbourg's History of Melody Nelson, Bikini Kill's The Singles, Nick Drake's Pink Moon…the list goes on! Just like Grubs' debut It Must Be Grubs, all of these records have something in common; they are fast paced, lively, and each under 30 minutes long. Now the Bristol ‘DIY Super group’, members of The Two White Cranes and Joanna Gruesome continue this tradition, shouting their effortlessly addictive power pop loud with pride.
Grubs formed in Bristol with the idea of being a fun pop punk band. They released four tracks from their debut, anthems of the difficulties of mundanity, or silly love song, each one better than the last. “I want nothing to do with anyone other than you” shouts Owen on Nuffin', the second track on It Must Be Grubs.
Grubs don't seem to take themselves very seriously and that's why you and I identify with them. First, they look like your friends. Secondly they don't sing particularly well, plus they write about the anxiety of being in love…or going to the gym…and feeling ashamed about it. Don't tell me you don't relate to this?
“Grubs has so far managed to be a nice way of playing music and having fun with our friends without getting too stressful”.
One of the highlights for Third Outing is the Dec 15th video directed by Joey Fourr. The initial idea was to dance in a park, but Joey said “No, Grubs are better than that”. Take a look below…how good does that make you feel?
Watching live footage of Grubs is like shifting through A Scene In Between by Sam Knee. Haircuts, clothes, ethos... Grubs embody the rebirth of the 80's DIY spirit in today's indie music scene.