Californian garage punk band GRUMPSTER are kicking off the new year by releasing two new songs. First being new single ‘Hollow’ and the second a re-recording of single ‘Karios.’
Speaking about the new song Donnie Walsh said ‘”Hollow” was the first song we wrote after our first year of touring. We’d just finished 3 full US tours over the course of a year and wanted to capture what the band sounded like finally having more experience under our belts. It’s a great snapshot of what we currently sound like, and is hopefully telling of what our sound will continue to develop into.”
Watch the video for ‘Hollow’ HERE or by clicking the image below.
Listen to the re-recording of ‘Karios’ HERE or by clicking the image below.
The band will be doing two special headline shows this week, one being an album release show for ‘Fever Dream’ at 924 Gilman. You can see Grumpster at the following dates:
6th January – The Echo, Los Angeles – Tickets
7th January – 924 Gilman, Berkley – Tickets Fever Dream Release Show
Growing up in Salem, Massachusetts, with Green Day’s Dookie in heavy rotation, Walsh learned guitar on his own and fell hard for East Bay punk in all forms. In 2015, as a teenager, he plotted a trip out to San Francisco with a friend, scoping out the stages where bands like Operation Ivy and Crimpshine got their starts. Soon after returning home, Walsh bought a one-way ticket and decamped west permanently, picking up odd-end jobs, including at Guitar Center, to pay the bills.
Within a few months, Walsh crossed paths with Deetz, a guitarist from nearby Albany in whom they found a kindred spirit. Impossibly, when the pair got together to jam, they discovered they’d written near-identical songs, down to the chord progressions. Scouring the scene for a drummer who could match their preternaturally shared tempo, Walsh and Deetz eventually got in touch with Noel Agtane, a Bay Area native who’d drummed around town, across church bands, indie-alt group Oh My Heart, and pop-punk band Triples Alley. After getting a sample of his intimidating blast beats, the pair asked him to slow it down and were rewarded with the steady, studied, powerhouse percussion they’d been hearing in their heads all along. Since the release of their album Fever Dream the band have added guitarist Alex Hernandez.
Grumpster have been on one long upswing, four fast friends crafting rambunctious, mosh-ready, deliciously deadpan punk that they say stays friendly despite its edge – smiling big means showing some teeth, after all.
Donnie Walsh (bass and vocals)
Lalo Gonzalez Deetz (guitar)
Alex Hernandez (guitar)
Noel Agtane (drums)
Listen to ‘Hollow’ and ‘Karios’ – HERE