FAIRYTALES AND FORGETTING
Comprised of brothers James and Matt ‘Grim’, with drummer Stephen Devlin and Chris Lichti on double bass, Brothers Grim and the Blue Murders are about to start their A Year to Forget album tour in support of their newly released debut record. Blending rockabilly/blues with elements of rock, metal and punk, BGATBM have been on the music scene for longer than most bands, with nearly 15 years notched up under various names.
“My brother and I used to play as a duo,” vocalist James explains, “And we played grim dirty music. Eventually, we were nicknamed the Grim Brothers, and now we are just stuck with it.”
After a truly awful year following a number of deaths of close friends, the debut album is fittingly entitled A Year to Forget. Instead of wallowing in grief and sadness, the band took to the studio to create what James affectionately describes as a baby.
“It’s very difficult for a man to use childbirth as an example but I guess it really is that kind of horrendous pain, to bring something that is beautiful and you’re really proud of into the world,” James muses. “For some reason those endorphins make you forget about all that pain you went through and you do it again. Can’t say I’m dead keen to get back into the studio again, but I’m not opposed to it.”
The horrendous pain included the recording of the album, with the band giving themselves a strict time limit of three day to record 15 songs. James puts this down to budget, vision and insanity.
“I think if you give yourself too much time then you start getting a little bit fancy about how you want to do things,” he says. “We wanted a produced album but not an overly produced album.
“[It was an] amazing process of four guys going to a studio after an intense two years and just going ‘let’s just drive this into an album, let’s just make an album we are proud of that sums up everything: the good, the bad, the ugly, everything’.”
With up to 15-hour recording sessions and such a tight schedule, no wonder the band is keen to get out of the studio and play their way around the country. Canberra is the first stop; the boys will be hitting Transit Bar on Thursday August 25, and then making their way around the East Coast.
“My brother and I grew up in Canberra, so coming back is like returning to the start of it for us,” James says fondly. “That’s where we cut our teeth playing in metal bands, rock bands, punk bands.”
“There’s something really nice about rocking up in a town or venue where not many people know who you are, and they’re all just looking at you like ‘Who the fuck are you guys?’ and you just go ‘Alright’, then you just show them who the fuck you are.”
Brothers Grim and The Blue Murders will be showing crowds at Transit Bar who the fuck they are on Thursday August 25. Ticket info not yet available, but keep checking online!