Grizfolk Waking Up The Giants on LP + Download
Since their very first days as a band, members of the Venice, CA-based alt-rock quintet Grizfolk have made full use of their disparate origins and distinct sensibilities. Drawing on wide-ranging backgrounds both musical and geographical – frontman Adam Roth, bassist Brendan Willing James, and drummer Bill Delia hail from different corners from the U.S., while keyboardist Sebastian Fritze and guitarist Fredrik Eriksson come from opposite coasts of Sweden – the band textures its songs with a heady mix of graceful melody, sprawling guitar work, and lush but edgy electronics.
And on their debut album Waking Up The Giants, Grizfolk deliver an arena-ready sound honed partly through recent tours with artists like Bastille and X Ambassadors, while steadily building a warm, intimate mood that echoes the closeness of their collaboration. Mainly self-produced and recorded everywhere from the band members' living rooms to the famed Sunset Sound studio, Waking Up The Giants takes its title from the album's epic centerpiece. Offering anthem after anthem, the record never shies away from emotional truth, but ultimately inspires a deep and powerful sense of hope.
With its sweeping, cinematic feel, Waking Up the Giants came to life by way of a songwriting approach that Grizfolk describe as visually oriented. On the album-opening "Into the Barrens," for instance, Roth assumes the role of "a lonely wolf wandering," his soulful vocals set against a cascade of surging rhythms and hypnotic synth. From there, Grizfolk slips into the heavy groove and gritty guitar of lead single "Troublemaker." On "Bob Marley," Waking Up the Giants serves up the consummate driving song, complete with whistled melody, surfy drumbeats, spaghetti-western guitar tones, and a touch of reckless romanticism. And on tracks like "Bohemian Bird," Grizfolk show a softer side without losing any intensity, fusing stark beats, spectral guitar lines, and hushed harmonies to stunning effect.