It takes a very particular type of person to be in a band that is willing to go the distance.
Many people start bands thinking it will be a constant party.
Drinking and messing about with your friends, expecting straight away to have hundreds of fans and all the money. The stark reality is it is a lot of hard work.
Writing material, months of practising, travelling up and down the long roads of the country to play in front of a few people for little or no money, hoping to get that shot that will take you to that next level.
Most bands find this hard work disheartening and split as quick as they formed. A few though keep going for it; keep playing, keep writing, honing their craft because they truly love it. It becomes an addiction.
It is all about their love for creating something amazing, the hard work and the setbacks only drive them on to try harder. Huddersfield metal band Grieve are that sort of group. On the eve of the release of their new CD, their first EP in many years, the band talked to us about what they have been doing and what they aim to accomplish with their latest line-up and new material.
Although they are all still in their early to mid 20s, Grieve have been around for over eight years. First forming in their early teens, life-long friends Sam Weavil and Dom Anderson alongside then singer Chaps, gigged at local villages under the name Icarus, playing metal covers to the over 50s crowd.
In their own words they believed themselves to be “big news’’.
As they got older the hunger to progress and write their own material took over and the boys decided to rebrand themselves and head out properly.
Grieve was born.
Getting a new bassist in Dan Harlow, they took their influences from such American Southern metal legends as Pantera and they took to forming their own groove metal sound that has become Grieve’s trademark.
They went through some line-up changes but with core members Dom, Sam and Dan, the band are now happier than they have ever been. Matthew Kefford joined on guitar, bringing his own tech metal influences and Liam Stout is the power house new vocalist.
Sam says: “We are looking at booking more and more gigs around the UK and now hopefully with this new CD people can finally hear what we sound like. The old CD was so long ago and we don’t play any of the tracks anymore, the sound has changed, so booking gigs was hard at times.”
Dom recounts a Metal Fest All-Dayer they played in Wakefield last year where they stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb.
“We were by FAR the heaviest band on the bill, the others sounded like (80’s glam rockers) Skid Row.”
Dan states: “We are still wanting to have the fun but it’s time for us to get serious, push the CD and merch and raise our profiles.”
Over the years Grieve have become one of the most prolific names on the Yorkshire metal scene. High profile shows included supporting those other Huddersfield metal lords Evile at their homecoming show at Holmfirth Picturedrome and a few years ago winning the Metal to The Masses battle of the bands, earning themselves a slot at the Bloodstock Open Air Festival alongside some true heavyweights. They have tasted success and now want to make it a reality.
Grieve are having a special launch gig for the new CD tonight at The Parish in Huddersfield and they are promising an epic night with some very special surprises. Also they plan on having “one hell of a party”. It seems the future looks extremely exciting for Grieve. .
You can find out all you want to know about Grieve at www.facebook.com/grieve.uk