Grasshole are a stoner-punk three-piece from Melbourne, that exemplify the hard work required to make it in today’s music industry. Since the release of their debut EP (Grasshole), a second EP (The Unification Proclamation), and their debut album (Fuzz of Flavour) the band have completed three national and two international tours, playing shows across Spain, Sweden and Indonesia, including several festivals. The tour for their debut album spanned 85 shows across a year and a half. They have since developed a reputation for a high-octane live show that has gained a very strong following both locally in Australia and internationally.
Grasshole’s back catalogue has earned them a significant amount of spins on community radio in Australia and college radio in the US. Their 2nd EP, The Unification Proclamation, was added to rotation across 90 US Radio Stations and debuted at #1 on a handful of stations.
Grasshole started recording album number two in 2019 with peerless producer Lindsay Gravina (Hole, Jet, The Living End, Cosmic Psychos). Title track ‘Wildfire’ is the first taste test taken from the band’s forthcoming second album due for release in March 2020.
“The song ‘Wildfire’ is about giving life a solid nudge. I’ve had this mentality my whole life, it’s all or nothing. I hate sitting on the fence, so when I wrote this song at a mediocre point in my life, I was fed up with treading water. It’s a great feeling to throw yourself into something with all your heart.
The song has a strong hook and a really upbeat and uplifting vibe to it. This radiates on our dumb faces everytime we play it”
– Karis Hawkins (vocals/guitar)
Read on for the latest in our “Introducing..” series of interviews…
What does the band name mean to you?
Really, its just a reminder of how seriously we take ourselves.
Where is the band based?
How long have you been together?
Must be damn near 7 years now. Time flies when you’re chasing tornadoes!
What style of music do you play?
Garage Fuzz Punk is what we like to call it these days. We dabble across a few genres though and dont mind getting weird with it.
Give us the story of the bands formation.
Myself (Karis) & Rick starting knocking up tunes in the long long ago. We were a 2 piece for the first 4 years and have had various bassists over the years from Sweden to Ballarat join us for the ride!
Tell us about your influences.
90’s chaos, pre social media bliss, and listening to an album start to finish then jamming with mates to the tunes!
Tell us about your latest release.
Wildfire is our 2nd full length album and the one we are proudest of to date. We whittled 45 songs down to these 13 and really feel accomplished with the result. It looks very sexy on splattered vinyl too.
What are your goals for the bands future?
Right now get this album out done and dusted, tour it a bit in Australia and Europe, then who knows? One year at a time but I’m pretty sure more recording is on the cards…
If you could share the stage with any other band or artist, who would you chose?
I would love to play a massive Euro festival with Biffy Clyro, The Bronx, Fooies and Kvelertak to name a few. Even if I wasnt playing and just had a dance on stage in a giant cactus costume that’d be kinda rad.
What can you tell us about your live shows?
High energy, lots of smiles and even more sweat.
Do you have any upcoming gigs to promote?
Wildfire Tour Announcement is coming soon, but hey lets just throw the dates out now shall we?
1st Newcastle Hamilton Station
3rd Sydney Kellys on King
4th Wollongong Dicey Rileys
5th Sydney Frankies Pizza
17th Bendigo The Golden Vine
18th Healesville The Terminus
24th Ballarat The Eastern
25th Adelaide – Hotel Metro
2nd May Melbourne The Leadbeater
9th May Bendigo Hotel ***Supporting Nebula.
What do you think sets you apart from other bands?
We try to focus on what brings us all together regardless of genre, does that set us apart these days?
Explain why you think a new listener should give your music a go.
They’re going to hear a hardworking band, giving it their all, writing catchy tunes and hopefully froth that vibe.
What has been your biggest achievement as a band so far?
Travelling and touring Europe twice has been incredible. A few Number #1s on US college radio was also a nice nod that we are heading in the right direction.
What else do you hope to achieve?
Touring, Recording, Touring, Recording, Someone buys an album, Touring, Recording ….
Where can fans find you online?
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/grassholeband (@grassholeband)
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQ8iAba4zNAsga–aKIAUQ
Thanks for joining us, and taking the time to answer our questions!
Thanks for having us!