Published Sep 01, 2006Alongside marsupials and Kylie Minogue in the 80s (before she became such a sex kitten), the Grates are making a case for Australias reign as the cutest country on earth. With everything from their handwritten, essay-style bio and colourful DIY artwork, to their unbelievably endearing music video for "Science is Golden and their bubbly zest found all over Gravity Wont Get You High, its an undeniable trait they simply own. Thankfully though, their debut album isnt plagued by shyness and the stuff that renders a classification of "twee. Instead what the Grates practice is based more on a vigorous philosophy in the vein of "girls are made of sugar and spice and "boys are made of frogs and snails As a three-piece, vocalist Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson and drummer Alana Skyring use a minimal set-up to exemplify this spirit, and really, they need little else. "Lies Are Much More Than Fun, "Trampoline and the aforementioned single all find their life from the three-way energy the bands members radiate together. Hodgsons overexcited voice is no one-trick pony either; she can express a range of emotions be it devastating glee in "19-20-20 or genuine anguish in "Feels Like Pain. Akin to undersized bands like the Gossip and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but with a lot more merriment, the Grates will rock your socks off and in turn, likely knit you a new pair.
Grate name. I mean, great name. Did you choose it so puns could work in your favour? Hodgson: When we first started we were really shit and said "motherfucker all the time. We were pretty grating. Patterson: I like that it is really good for puns, but it gives people a decision. They get to say either, "Grating on your nerves or "Theyre really Grate! And her names Patience, so you can say "we dont have patience for this. Hodgson: "Weve got a lot of time for this band. Thats a more difficult one. Youve got to be switched on to work out that one. Skyring: And now people have moved on to the album title. Patterson: Yeah, "Gravity Wont Get You High, but the Grates will, or "Gravity Wont Get You High and neither will the Grates!
Does it ever get tiresome hearing people call you "cute and "adorable? Patterson: Its better than, "Theyre so fucking shit. Hodgson: No, no, its better than, "Oh, theyre so ugly! Patterson: I dont look cute when Ive got 13 beers in me and a fucking rash all over my face. (Microindie)