The Amity Affliction are paying penance. Dragged at the altar for daring to experiment heavily …
The long wait and work (five months to be exact) put into Grizzlyshark’s new single, Vicarious, makes this a turning point for the Brisbane easycore outfit.
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Vicarious cuts away from the mish mash of sounds the band have previously tampered with to put forth an absolutely banging, entertaining, and riveting pop-punk anthem.
In this new single Grizzlyshark have dropped most of the harsh vocals they’ve dabbled with in the past, heard on tracks like 2018’s Game Over and Shake Up The Wake Up, released in September of last year. What Grizzlyshark have evidently chosen to do is amp up the power punk element and drop the various “core” elements–and they’ve done this to an unsettling good degree. Grizzlyshark have leaned into their strengths and have carved out a niche that still allows them the wriggle room to do two things; impress upon the listener their fun-loving personality as a band (see the single’s accompanying video for more on that one), and turn any which way they please as they pivot with this sound.
If they got picked up by a label and let loose in a stand-up recording studio, there’s no telling the quality of tunes these guys will turn out.
When Grizzlyshark singer and guitarist said in a recent interview that the band “need something that’s going to blow people’s minds”, it’s unlikely he realised they’d achieved that goal with this song. Vicarious is a riveting listen, one whose tearing rhythms, euphoric chorus and storming drums not only make this a guaranteed crowd pleaser, but show Grizzlyshark stepping up their game in all areas.
For a self-released DIY effort, Grizzlyshark is dishing out some top-notch material. If they got picked up by a label and let loose in a stand-up recording studio, there’s no telling the quality of tunes these guys will turn out. For now, we’re left with this great summer singer, and hope the confidence gained by Grizzlyshark from a good review and a job well done will mean a slightly faster turn around on some more crash hot songs. More of the same, please!
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Grizzlyshark Single Launch Dates
BRISBANE // Thursday 27th February // Crowbar
NEWCASTLE // Friday 28th February // Hamilton Station Hotel
PORT MACQUARIE // Saturday 29th February // Black Duck Brewery