Biography

GrimSkunk, one of Canada’s most enduring and hard-working independent psych-rock-punk bands is back with their new album “SET FIRE!

Recorded by Gus Van Go and Werner F (Priestess, the Stills) in Sydney, Australia, the long awaited follow-up to "Fires under the road" is first and foremost a journey to the other side of the world, where spontaneity and instinctiveness were foremost from start to finish of the creative process.

Delving into the band's rich history of sound, influences and inventiveness, the album captures the GrimSkunk spirit with pure, raw energy and emotion; a whirlwind of punk angst and outrage, and the hopeful, almost hippie idealism of those who dare to dream. As always, the band allowed their environment "down under" to permeate and inspire their music, inviting local aboriginal artist and didjeribone player Tjupurru to perform and create freely on 2 songs: Falling into shadow and Set fire to the nation; lending a dark trance-like and distinctly Australian sound to the tracks.

Visually, the album cover and artwork was created by aboriginal Australian artist and folk singer Gambirra Illume who created a painting blending traditional aboriginal art with the darker skunk/punk vibe and socially oriented music and lyrics the band has always been known for.

SET FIRE! was recorded with an old-school approach; a vintage 70's drum kit with a beastly 26" bass drum, 60's guitar amps and some rare, typically Australian mics, all found locally in a frenetic treasure hunt! The end result combines 70's psych-rock and Joe Evil's trademark organ with new drummer Ben Shatskoff's savage pounding beats, screaming guitar riffs and the urgency of outraged punk energy and lyrics; the bastard child of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Clash on amphetamines!

Tearing away at every fabric of human failure and society's ills, the album is an urgent call to arms for peace, a revolution of the heart; to reject the current climate of narrow-mindedness and intolerance, to shake off apathy and build a better future!

History: Planting trees up north one summer, the seed was planted, GrimSkunk sprouted (also proving a dominant force on the latter of the name). The creative team started by founding members Joe "Evil", Franz Schuller & Peter Edwards stuck and properly gelled into GrimSkunk upon their return to Montreal in the autumn. Determined to offset the more organic, hippy side of their ideology, the band added Grim to their name in order to represent the ying and yang. Grim defined the darker side, more brooding and less appealing commentary on society that crept into the majority of their songs. For over fifteen years now GrimSkunk has proven themselves to be unstoppable, exerting a ferocious blend of what is best described as "hybrid rock" to all ears that cross their path. Always maintaining the highest regards for musical integrity, GrimSkunk has become one of Canada's most successful and influential rock groups to date. After a run of indie CDs and a relationship with Montreal's infamous Cargo, the band found itself without a distributor and a support system for their touring. Instead of giving up and going 9-5 like many indie bands in Canada during the late 1990s, GrimSkunk created it's own label, Indica Records, in 1997. Not only did fill a noticeable void in the Canadian music landscape, it gave them the ability to sign other domestic indie artists as well as European, American and Australian bands with whom they'd established touring relationships. Over the course of time, GrimSkunk has self-financed over 30 tours of both Europe and North and South America. They rattle off an impressive list of festivals and noteworthy bands that they've shared the stage. Known best for their live performances, GrimSkunk's raw energy and live intensity has been the catalyst of their fame. On the road, networking with other bands and appreciation for perseverance has resulted in respect from both the industry and their fans.
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