Active from 1999 until 2001, Gridland were Dylan Spence (ed function) and Ryan Gobbe (Twotone, Mieli). Drawing heavily upon the vintage era (or Golden Age) of synthesizer and drum machine equipment, the duo layed their prolific recordings onto reel-to-reel tape; thus flying in the face of the digital era and alienating themselves from the popularity of mainstream dance.

Stylistically, Gridland is like a hotdog pizza: repulsively satisfying. Sonically, they’re like a vintage computer: functional but obtuse. Artistically, they’re like a stranded explorer: full of ideas but isolated.

From their modest studio in Byron Bay, Australia - Gridland were always in the minority. Where local acts focused on deep, throbbing bass content, the duo pushed their oscillators to the roof of audibilty, splitting their eardrums in non-silent protest. Their many white noise generators echoed the whitewater of Tallow Beach (only a matter of metres away), and preset Samba and Rumba beats hinted at a tropical lifestyle that only existed on the local photographer’s postcards.

Where acoustic singer-songwriters monopolised the local venues, Gridland were banished to one-off appearances at failed bistros and tapas bars. The group finally dissolved due to lack of interest from labels and radio stations. The equipment was sold up to fund a key-ring and drink holder merchandise company.

Edited by So_Hai on 11 May 2011, 07:45

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