The Grates » Biography
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.
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