The Grates 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.
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.
The Grates 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 appeared on the nominations list for Triple J’s 2004 Hottest 100 alongside two other Grates songs, “Rock Boys” and “Sukkafish”.
In 2005 the buzz surrounding the band only grew, with festival performances at the Big Day Out, Meredith, Falls Festival and Homebake. The Grates performed at the 2006 Big Day Out Australian shows. They also launched their own a national tour in the first half of 2006, after supporting The Go! Team in 2005 and The Zutons on their 2006 UK tour. In March 2006 they played at the South by Southwest trade music fair in Texas.
Their debut album, Gravity Won’t Get You High, was released in April 2006. It debuted at #9 in the ARIA charts and reached a peak of #9. It was also slated for release in the UK and the United States (June 2006). The first single off the album, “19-20-20”, was released in March as a 7” and iTunes music download.
The Grates released a live DVD Til Death Do Us Party in April 2007, which was filmed at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on 13 October 2006.
Their second album, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, was released in August 2008, with the first single “Burn Bridges” released earlier in July 2008.
The Grates’ drummer left the band in 2011 to study baking in Manhattan. The band is continuing as a 2-piece. The band released its third album Secret Rituals in 2011.
Edited by wellhamsrus on 10 Oct 2011, 09:01
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