We talked to Roxy from Bristol based 'super DIY group' Grubs about touring, Joey Fourr, music environment and former Joanna Gruesome's lead singer Alanna McArdle.
3rd: Hi Roxy. Can we call Grubs a super DIY group?
Roxy: DIY is a complicated idea and is something we think about a lot and probably are sometimes but maybe not all the time. Supergroup is a very accurate term.
3rd: You recently played Indietracks where it was claimed your set was "a rather odd affair, they seem unrehearsed to the point of not knowing how to play half their songs and the stage banter is aimed largely at their large audience of friends in the first few roads. That said,the songs are wonderful to the point that you’re not really bothered by the slight lack of professionalism. Owen’s guitar work in particular is fantastic, floating effortlessly from rhythmic chords to complex riffs"...it sounds like a good gig to me! How did you find it? And do you agree?
R: It was one our most fun shows!! I thought we were actually pretty tight so that shows what I know. I guess I took umbridge at being called unprofessional when being a musician isn't my profession. The banter was entirely directed at my mates though so I might try and be more inclusive in future.
3rd: You released your first 7" called Gym Shame and it sounds like Joanna Gruesome. What should we expect from the upcoming record?
R: I have written more songs than Owen on the album so I think it's more Two White Cranes-y probably. But there is one other song that sounds very Joanna Gruesome-y so listen out for that Joanna Gruesome fans.
3rd:The video for Dec.15th is very funny. Who's idea was it?
R: That was all Joey Fourr who is a really totally brilliant artist in many formats and delightful person generally. We originally suggested dancing in a park for the video and he said "no, Grubs are better than that".
3rd: Dancing in a park could have been fun as well. Anyway, from your experience of touring and knowing the less glamorous aspect of it, what triggered the formation of the band? Owen has released two critically acclaimed records with JG, toured in America and still, it's very hard to make the cut and be financially independent.
R: I am gonna answer for Owen here cos he is actually busy organizing the Joanna gruesome tour right now. We formed this band when I didn't know Jake and Owen that well. The idea really was to be in a fun pop punk band that was less intense than the other bands we were in and largely we've achieved that. None of us currently rely on music to support us because that just seems to be totally impossible but Grubs has so far managed to be a nice way of playing music and having fun with out friends without getting too stressful.
R: Grubs are gonna try to play as many shows as we have time for in autumn and sell some of these beautiful records we've made. And me and Owen will play about 7000 other shows too and try not to kill each other. Jake is gonna keep being an internet legend. I have actually written some new Grubs songs so maybe we can do more recording at some point. Who knows!?