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    The Grates

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Lies Are Much More Fun lyrics
    2Sukkafish lyrics
    3Slide lyrics
    4Sweet Dreams lyrics
    5Howl lyrics
    6Little People lyrics
    7Nothing Sir lyrics
    8Small Lives lyrics
    9Start Her Up lyrics
    10Small Lives lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Gravity Won't Get You High [2006]
    2The Ouch. The Touch. [2005]


    Like all truly great bands, The Grates began as a bit of a joke. Jhon, Alana and Patience had known each other for, well, forever. John had heard Patience do karaoke before, so when she suggested to form a band, he was apprehensive to say the least. Dueting Alladin's 'A Whole New World' just didn't show her true abilities. But when they started jamming in John's garden shed, helped amply by his Dad cooking a BBQ and bringing fresh beer, the exhilarating, charismatic style what has become The Grates' signature started to reveal itself.

    The Grates were born under the moniker sparked by Patience's assumption that all 'The Greats' came from families with children born eight years apart (like Patience). Then someone gave her a miniature cheese grater on a key ring and the rest is the History of The Grates, Part 2.

    With John on guitar, Alana hitting out the drums, Patience singing and jumping around a lot and John's Dad on BBQ duties, the band set about laying down demos in John's shed. The Grates then sent in their rough demo, 'Trampoline' to the Australian national youth radio network Triple J, via Home and Hosed host Robbie Buck. Accompanied by a hand-written bio and press release, the DIY ethic and infectious song caught his attention and 'Trampoline' was added to the Triple J playlist. A follow-up thank you note with some more demos with it saw 'Rock Boys' added to medium rotation.

    The Grates then signed to independent label Dew Process and began work on their forthcoming EP, 'The Ouch. The Touch'. Meanwhile, The Grates hit the road with some of Australia's top acts and saw them generate fans across the nation. 'Sukkafish' then became the latest addition to the Triple J songlist, clocking up frequent flier points on medium rotation.

    All three singles, 'Trampoline', 'Rock Boys' and 'Sukkafish' have been nominated in the Triple J Hottest 100. A great showing for a band who were yet to officially release an album.

    The Grates released their debut EP, 'The Ouch. The Touch' in February 2005, with single 'Message' jumping straight on to high rotation on Triple J. The EP peaked on the AIR charts at #2. Their EP release tour sold out in most cities, with more than 600 people packing out Brisbane's The Rev to see the show.

    The Grates were then invited to play at the world's largest music conferences and festivals at South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. They also embarked on a whirlwind world tour to London, New York, Toronto, LA and Texas. They played at some legendary clubs and venues including The Viper Room in LA, The Barfly in London, The Knitting Factory in New York and The Horseshoe in Toronto, picking up legions of fans in media, industry and the public alike. SXSW saw a raft of industry and media interest in the band.

    The Grates released 'The Ouch. The Touch.' through independent label Captains of Industry in the UK on April 11, 2005. Then The Grates hit the road again, selling out a national tour throughout Australia and supporting Death From Above 1979.

    The Grates then released their debut EP, 'The Ouch. The Touch.' through Dew Process/Cherrytree in the US and through Dew Process/Universal Music in Canada. It follows on from the 7" release of 'Sukkafish' in the UK through Moshi Moshi which was met with 4 star reviews in the Daily Mirror, NME and features in The Sunday Times, Plan B, Disorder, Artrocker, Stool Pigeon, as well as airplay on Radio 1 and an XFM session.

    The Grates are married to the road and Patience even has the ring to prove it. It's engraved with "infinty love the road". They honeymooned in June through LA, New York, Toronto for NXNE and London and playing shows at the Silverlake Lounge, Pianos and Queens of Noize at the Barfly along the way. When they got back to Australia, they stole the show at Splendour in the Grass and supporting The Go! Team throughout the East Coast.

    Dew Process then inked a deal with Cherrytree/Interscope to release The Grates debut album globally in 2006. The Grates recorded their debut album in Chicago with producer Brian Deck. The Grates and Brian Deck formed a unique bond when Jhon discovered that Brian has a tattoo of a drawing he did when he was a kid on his arm. If John was tough enough for needles that would be the exact tattoo he would have. Apart from that, Brian Deck has produced a number of indie favs including Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine and the Secret Machines.

    In late 2005/early 2006 the buzz surrounding the band only grew, with festival performances at the Big Day Out, Meredith Music Festival, the Falls Festival and Homebake; as well as an Australian tour.

    Their debut album, 'Gravity Won't Get You High', was released on April 8, 2006. It debuted at #9 in the ARIA charts and reached a peak of #9. It has also been slated for release in the UK and the United States (July 2006). The first single off the album, '19-20-20', was released in March as a 7", and as a limited iTunes music download.

    2006 was a massive year of touring for The Grates, starting with a slot on the Big Day Out Australian leg. They also launched on a national tour in the first half of 2006 and supported The Zutons on their 2006 UK tour, and We Are Scientists in the USA. The Grates also played at the 2006 Splendour in the Grass alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Death Cab for Cutie, before supporting the Arctic Monkeys on their Australian tour. The Grates then headed back to the UK, USA and Canada following the international release of their album, which included an appearance at the V Festival in the UK. before embarking on yet another Australian tour (supported by Faker) promoting the release of their second single off 'Gravity Won't Get You High', 'Science Is Golden'.

    Sourced from:
    'Dew Process: The Grates, Artist Bio' - http://www.dew-process.com/artists-bio.cfm?id=3
    'Wikipedia: The Grates' - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grates

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