The Grates is tagged as: australian, indie, indie rock, female vocalists, indie pop
The Grates are a three-piece band from Brisbane, Australia, comprising Patience Hodgson (vocals), John Patterson (guitar) and Alana Skyring (drums) formed in 2002. They have been lauded for their catchy songs and enthusiastic and energetic live show (Patience spends much of the show bouncing around, even while singing). They are frequently described as fun: ”We just wanna have fun and hope other people do too.” (Patience). Their sound has been compared to the Ramones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Be Your Own Pet. In March 2006 they played at the South by Southwest trade music fair in Texas.
The band has a distinctive style. All three members have a background in art and they design their own album artwork, posters, t-shirts and even socks. |They released an array of limited edition recordings (The Grates EP(2002), Black Dog Black Dog(2003), Pyrate Kids(2003) and Crocodile(2003)) before releasing what is referred to as their debut EP, The Ouch. The Touch, in Australia on 14 February 2004. The EP received a United Kingdom release two months later via the Captains Of Industry collective.
An 8-track recording of one of the band’s songs, “Trampoline”, was submitted to national Australian radio station Triple J in 2004. The song was well-received, and app...
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