The Griswolds

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The Griswolds
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Alternative dance, indie rock, pop, electronic
Years active 2012 (2012)–present
Labels Wind-up Records
Website wearethegriswolds.com
Members Christopher Whitehall
Daniel Duque-Perez
Lachlan West
Sam Vanderhoop Lee
Past members Tim John
Chris Riley
Robbie Balatincz

The Griswolds are a three-piece indie rock band from Sydney, Australia. The band have cited influences such as Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Kanye West, Devendra Banhart, Of Montreal, and The Beach Boys.[1] The Griswolds signed with Wind-up Records in May 2013 and began recording their debut album shortly after with producer Tony Hoffer. They are named after the fictional family from the Vacation film series.

On March 16, 2017, Tim John, their bass player left the band. [2]

Background[edit]

The Griswolds formed in February 2012.[3][4] The band's single "Heart of a Lion", reached #12 on the We Are Hunted emerging artists list.[5]

The Griswolds became a Triple J Unearthed feature artist after winning a slot on the 2012 Parklife Festival line-up alongside Passion Pit and The Presets.[6] Their Heart of a Lion EP, released in 2012, received positive reviews,[7][8][9] and helped start their touring career.[10] After success touring in their native Australia, the band made their first live appearance in New York City on May 11, 2013 at the Brooklyn Bowl.[11] The band began recording their debut album with producer Tony Hoffer in January 2014.[12]

The official music video for "Red Tuxedo" premiered on the VICE Noisey website on Valentine's Day (February 14), 2014.[13] The band's song "Beware the Dog" is the first song vocalist Chris Whitehall and lead guitarist Daniel Duque-Perez wrote together. Whitehall described it as being "about losing someone we were really close with to heavy drug use. [... It's] about that journey – the good and the bad times."[14]

In March 2015, the band confirmed that once they return to Australia, following their tour alongside Passion Pit, they were going to commence work on their second album.[12]

The first single off their sophomore album, Out of My Head, was released on August 12, 2016. High Times for Low Lives, was released on November 11, 2016.[15]

In September 2016, the band was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month in the United States and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where they performed live the single "Out of My Head".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[16]
US
[17]
US
Heat.

[17]
US
Ind.

[17]
Be Impressive 197 7 33
High Times for Low Lives
  • Released: November 11, 2016
  • Label: Relativity, Wind-Up
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2014: Heart of a Lion[19]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak
chart positions
Album
AUS
[16]
US
Rock

[17]
US
Alt.

[17]
"Heart of a Lion" 2012 Heart of a Lion (EP)
"Beware The Dog" 2014 33 18 Be Impressive
"If You Wanna Stay" 2015 40
"Out of My Head"[20] 2016 High Times for Low Lives

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • "Beware the Dog" was voted #28 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2014[21]
  • "Beware the Dog" was voted #4 on the Sirius XM Alt Nation Alt 36 annual countdown [22]
  • "Beware the Dog" was nominated by Rolling Stone as Best Video Clip and Single of the year for 2014[23]
  • "Beware the Dog" Spent 4 weeks at #1 and a total of 16 weeks on the Sirius XM Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown in 2014 [24]
  • "Beware the Dog" Was chosen as the 4th best Alternative Rock Single of 2014 by Billboard [25]
  • "If You Wanna Stay" Debuted at #18 on the Sirius XM Alt Nation Alt 18 countdown the day after the single was released on US radio climbing to #17 the following week [24]
  • Debut album "Be Impressive" Charted at #5 on the USA iTunes Charts [26]
  • "Heart of a Lion" was voted #141 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2012[27]
  • "Heart of a Lion" charted at #12 on the We Are Hunted Emerging Artists chart[28]
  • "Mississippi" charted at #8 on US college radio's (CMJ) indie chart[29]
  • Featured on festival line-ups across the globe[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20130509163807/http://www.myamn.com.au/index.php/en/artists/item/702-the-griswolds. Archived from the original on May 9, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ http://blog.wearethegriswolds.com
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "The Griswolds | whatisthehaps | Life enthusiasts talk travel, music, art & culture". whatisthehaps. 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Signs The Griswolds". Wind-up Records. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131212193659/http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/features/qanda/209296/griswolds.htm. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "REVIEW: The Griswolds 'Heart of a Lion' EP". Purple Sneakers. 2012-10-14. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Hipsters, meet your new faMvourite band – The Griswolds « A Thousand Guitars". Athousandguitars.com. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  9. ^ "The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion EP - The GROUND Magazine". Thegroundmag.com. 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  10. ^ "The Griswolds Announce Heart Of a Lion Tour | Beat Magazine". Beat.com.au. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  11. ^ "The Griswolds Hurl a Strike at Brooklyn Bowl". Review Fix. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  12. ^ a b "Interview: The Griswolds – "Tony Hoffer Pushed Us To Our Absolute Creative Limits"". Inveterate. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Play The Griswolds' Video for "Red Tuxedo" on Your Valentine's Date Tonight | NOISEY". Noisey.vice.com. 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  14. ^ Law, Tarynn (2014-05-13). "The Griswolds - 'Beware the Dog' | New Music | The 405". Thefourohfive.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  15. ^ [2]
  16. ^ a b Australian-Charts.com The_Griswolds discography
  17. ^ a b c d e "The Griswolds Awards at AllMusic". AllMusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  18. ^ ""Be Impressive" by The Griswolds at Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Heart of a Lion (EP) by The Griswolds at MusicBrainz". musicbrainz.org. MusicBrainz. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  20. ^ The Griswolds get 'Out of My Head' with new single premiere
  21. ^ "1-100 List | Hottest 100 2014 | triple j". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  22. ^ "Top 36 of 2014 - The Unofficial Alt-18". Theunofficialalt18countdownplaylists.com. 2014-12-27. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  23. ^ "Rolling Stone Australia — Nominees Announced For The 6th Annual Rolling Stone Awards". Rollingstoneaus.com. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  24. ^ a b "The Unofficial Alt-18 - The Unofficial Alt-18". Theunofficialalt18countdownplaylists.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  25. ^ "Year in Music 2014: The 10 Best Rock & Alternative Singles From Sleater-Kinney, Grimes & More". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  26. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  27. ^ "200-101 | Hottest 100 - 2012 | triple j". Abc.net.au. 2013-01-26. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  28. ^ "Lime Cordiale & The Griswolds at The Lair at Metro Theatre (Sydney) on 15 Sep 2012 –". Last.fm. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  29. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140310001850/http://homebake.com.au/2012/projects/the-griswolds/. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  30. ^ "The Griswolds". Chuggentertainment.com. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 

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