Grumpster – Underwhelmed is available @ Bandcamp.
by Walter Price
Oakland punk trio Grumpster’s recent single, “Roots”, is the lo-fi crunchy nearing shoegaze track this uneasy world needs. Sympathetic, introspective, understandably mopey and, most importantly, honest. Palpable sentiments bathed in distorted riffs that’ll hit the souls of people feeling everyday life.
The video, directed by Jak Kerley for Shibby Pictures, is a glimpse at the familiar realities of a ho-hum existence. In a YouTube post, Kerley talks about how the film came about, “Grumpster is one of those bands I knew I wanted to do a music video for as soon as I heard them. I reached out and was promptly replied with a yes! Right off the bat, they seemed to know Roots was a song they wanted to use for their next video. Our initial reference was “Macy’s Day Parade” by Green Day. I knew they wanted something dry and mundane feeling, but I still wanted it to be visually interesting enough to engage the viewers since it’s a longer song.”
As anxiousness and doubt toil away…be reminded, you’re not broken…you’re probably just bent. “Roots” comes from the powerful full-length album, ‘Underwhelmed’, out now via Asian Man Records.
Check out the new video for “Roots” and a Grumpster video classic, “Kairos”, below.
Band photo by Tommy Ly
Roots directed by Jak Kerley
Kairos directed by Anthony Aguiar
Falyn Walsh – Bass / Vocals
Lalo Gonzalez Deetz – Guitar
Noel Agtane – Drums