Interview: Sincerely, Grizzly

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 18.04.13 | Issue # 334

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Adelaide “literature rock” three-piece Sincerely, Grizzly are just as crazy off the stage as they are on it. Bassist Griffin Farley talks new music, writing fan mail in blood and touring alongside their idols with Daniel Cribb.

To ensure every show is as epic as the last, when Adelaide rockers Sincerely, Grizzly map out their tours they base them around weekends. More people will no doubt attend a weekend show than one mid-week, and it also allows their weeklong hangovers to dissolve before kicking into gear again. Currently on tour, although when he answers his phone it’s mid-week and he’s at work, bassist Griffin Farley has more than enough stories to qualify them for true rockstar status. “We were kicking off the tour [in Adelaide], and within the first minute of our first song, Josh [Calligeros, vocals/guitar] decided to jump up on top of Rowan [Mount]’s drum kit and he forgot he was wearing socks, and stacked it royal. We had to stop the show and get him all cleaned up and put the drum kit back together and start again,” he recalls, before darting to the following weekend’s visit to Brisbane.

“We regrettably chose not to book accommodation in Brisbane, so that was pretty hectic. We had to carry all our stuff around at 3am in The Valley, watching all these drunken people and club music blaring around us and holding onto our gear making sure that no one ran away with it,” he laughs.

Winning a triple j Unearthed competition that got them added to Laneway Adelaide, having their single Issac racking up substantial airplay on triple j, and its corresponding film clip premiered by Dom Alessio on the Home & Hosed site, there are few people the three-piece can’t charm. That’s why, when they heard that …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, one of their all-time favourite bands, were coming to Australia back in 2011, frontman Calligeros reached out to the band to see if there was any chance of supporting them. Soon after they got a reply with an offer for their Melbourne show. “We got there a day early and partied with them before the gig, and partied with them pretty hard and could barely play the show the next night…there were a lot of drunken casino antics and a few too many tequila shots watching Spencer P. Jones,” he laughs. They must have done something right because they’re doing the full Trails national tour this May.

In-between the rockstar touring life, they’ve managed to carve almost an album’s worth of new material. “We’re not trying to limit ourselves to a certain style, that’s for sure, and we kind of pride ourselves on keeping things fresh and not really conforming to a specific genre, or a specific sound. So, yeah, we’re always trying to mix things up, and something that will test our skills is always another thing – we don’t like playing stuff that’s too easy to play, we always like to challenge ourselves, and I think that’s just a result of the new stuff. We’re just kind of pushing forward and growing and that’s kind of showing in the new music.”

Their latest EP, Doom And Gloom, was funded via Pozible, a site where fans pledge certain amounts towards the project in return for a gift of some sort. While it was a huge success, Farley admits they probably couldn’t ask for anything more from their fans. That and they probably couldn’t outdo their last incentive list. For $200 “Josh [would] write and send you a letter in his own blood”. One person pledged for the unusual reward. “I think Josh still has to write his brother a letter in his own blood…it was his younger brother. His brother broke into his piggy bank and got all the money he could get and bought it from his brother as kind of a sick joke. I think he’s still hounding him to do that.”