Author: Esperance Tide
Published: April 05, 2018
Following the release of their debut single ‘Soldiers’, local three-piece Grand Casual is on target for a meteoric rise in the West Australian music scene.
Lyrics for me always come last in the songwriting process, to the vocal melody and feel of the song. The lyrics talk about all the pressure we put on ourselves, it’s about finding yourself. But I like lyrics to be subjective so people can interpret them however they want.
Definitely. The decision was based probably on feedback from our good friends, and the fact that people liked the song when we played it live. It was about finding a song to reflect our sound and the direction we’re headed sonically.
Playing live is possibly even more important than rehearsals, the more we play live the better we get. It’s great to keep performing and improving in front of a local crowd so that by the time we play elsewhere, we’re in a good zone and we’ve worked out all the kinks.
Probably which photos to use for promo pics—we’ve had some funny arguments over that. But we work really well together.
Not anymore. But the real quiet gigs are probably more intimidating than others, they expect you to talk more and things like that.
Just keep drinking normally, it’s great to wind down.
We say our sound is influenced by The Black Keys and Sticky Fingers, but the least favourite comparison is probably Midnight Oil. I hope it’s not because of my dance moves.
I guess I drive the organisation and management side of things. [Guitarist, Matt] Cooper is very driven when it comes to working in the studio, making new material. Joe [Franzone, drummer] is certainly the creative flair—he encourages the weirdness, which is golden. It works well when we all meet in the middle.
Joe. He says he’s going to open a food van called ‘Jolivers’, something to do with Jamie Oliver. Joe loves his homemade pizzas.
We’d like to release an EP by the end of the year, we’ve got a few good tours coming up on the horizon and I’m hoping to get to Perth to do a weekend of shows.
My girlfriend Esther has got me into Elephant Ears.