Sydney-based indie-pop outfit, The Griswolds, have applied the finishing touches to their debut album under the guidance of American producer Tony Hoffer (The Kooks, Beck, M83, Ladyhawke). The band is now pleased to present the album’s leading single ‘Beware The Dog’ – to be released independently in Australia on May 13.
“This is the first song Dan and I ever wrote together,” said frontman Chris Whitehall on the track. “It’s about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. ‘Beware the Dog’ is about that journey – the good and the bad times.”
Forming in 2012, The Griswolds , who are Christopher Whitehall (Vocals), Daniel Duque-Perez (Guitars), Lachlan West (Drums) and Tim John (Bass), received a leg-up after being handpicked as a Triple J Unearthed feature artist, and winners of the Parklife Unearthed competition. Praise from over 100 blogs around the globe followed quickly – all simply by posting their debut single ‘Mississippi’ online. Second single, ‘Heart of a Lion’, was immediately added to high rotation in Australia on Triple J radio, ending 2012 as one of the station’s most played tracks of the year.
The international airwaves were quick to take notice, with HOAL attracting airplay in over 20 countries worldwide, achieving #3 on the radio airplay charts in The Netherlands via tastemaker station 3FM and an iTunes single of the week in the region. The Griswolds’ Heart of a Lion EP was released into the USA last year via Wind-Up Records. Stateside, the EP release had critics and fans buzzing, with a number of noteworthy features from sites including CMJ, MTV Buzzworthy, Neon Gold, Paper Magazine and Vice’s Noisey. Keeping up the momentum in 2013, The Griswolds took worldwide audiences by storm with acclaimed shows at MUSEXPO, NARM, Brooklyn Bowl, The Viper Room, Mercury Lounge and a sold-out Neon Gold popshop in NYC, along with key international festival performances at CMJ Festival in New York, The Great Escape festival in the United Kingdom, and a headline slot at the London Calling festival in Amsterdam.
The Griswolds are at the top of their game after recently wrapping up a swag of exceptional showcases to packed venues at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas in March. The band picked up a number of rave reviews and inclusions on many best of lists.