Thrash Hits Verdict: At some point, the UK hardcore bubble of recent years is going to burst. Like it or not, the part-timers will at some point get bored, and the resurgence that has revitalised the country’s scene over the last few years will retract, implode, and then retreat back to the underground for a few years. Thankfully though, that cataclysm still shows no signs of manifesting any time soon, leaving us plenty of quality bands of Grappler’s calibre to enjoy. Oh yes.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Emotive, Heavy, Vibes.
How did you meet?
Sam, Dan and Jon had known each other and played in bands together in and around North London for a few years. We later met Tom through Jon, and found Denis via a Gumtree advert (100% true!)
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
Jon: Growing up in Enfield I see people I knew from school who are still in the same place in their lives that they were back then. My biggest fear is to get stuck in the place I grew up. Writing and playing music has been an escape from this.
What are your non-musical influences?
Visual arts, Film (Kubrick / Lynch), Literature.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
We got invited over to Grenoble to play a show in Denis’ hometown. We had one of the best shows we’ve played, met some great people and had a fantastic holiday at the same time!
With which band would your dream support slot be?
Mastodon, Comeback Kid, Converge or Slayer.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
We’ve played with loads of bands (many of whom are now close mates), but to name a few: The Long Haul, Cry Wolf, Cult Cinema, Rough Hands, Isolated, Eisberg, Bastions, Goodtime Boys, Chronos….
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
We have a combined appetite rivalling three African elephants and a pack of wolves.
What’s the best – or funniest – show you’ve played?
We played a show in a church hall in Whetstone a few months back, where the average age in the audience was about 14. Needless to say it was one of the drunkest audiences we’ve played to – and the wall of death was crushing.
Watch Grappler’s studio diary for the recording of their Callow EP:
What have you got planned for the future?
We’re currently writing for a more substantial release mid next year. We’ve been demoing some new songs live and they seem to be going down well, so hopefully we can get them out sooner rather than later! We’re also doing a European tour next March with Isolated. That’s going to be good.
Tell us a joke.
A girl walks in to a bar, looks at the cocktail menu and asks the barman for a double-entendre.
So he gave her one.
Grappler’s debut EP, Callow, is available to stream via the band’s official Soundcloud page. Later this Spring a remastered version of the EP will be re-released by Dog Knights Productions as a limited-edition 7″, with pre-orders starting on 01 February 2012. Londoners can also catch Grappler’s first show of 2012 on 05 February 2012, when the band support Dead Swans at the Camden Underworld.