GRAND CASUAL ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘NEW CALM’ OUT DEC 3 + ASH LEE TALKS SHIT ABOUT MUSIC
Talk about “I’ve been everywhere man” Grand Casual have been solidly touring WA for several months now, hitting venues in Fremantle, Scarborough, Esperance, Albany, Dunsborough, and Kalgoorlie.
They’ve got more planned too. If you don’t know who GRAND CASUAL are well then, best you get yourselves to one of their live gigs soon cos these boys – THEY ARE HECTIC! Grand Casual are drawcards on everyone’s bill.
Kyron has a vocal twang. There’s a scientific name for this twang…what’s it called again? Ah, yes – it’s aryepiglottic constriction. I don’t usually enjoy an aryepiglottic constriction but Kyron has just the right amount of attitude and if I’m completely honest – it does make me a lil weak at the knees. Yeah, Kyron’s got a nice blend of distinct versus necessary. In his Twang, that is. You know what I mean, it’s like that distinct sound of the string on an electric guitar vibrating after it’s been plucked.
As a vocalist, aryepiglottic constrictionand Twang are two subjects you should be a full kettle on. It’s a powerful tool and when mastered it can take the attitudes, tones, and tempos of an entire song’s arrangement up to that level, where it’s next level and where it doesn’t matter if you’re listening to them play at a live gig or as a studio recording – it is still f*#cking next. level. good.
People do it in speech all the time, if you think about what happens to your vocal folds when you try to speak with a different accent – go on, do it now and concentrate on what it feels like – it feels like constriction, yes? Alright so now imagine applying the same kind of constriction to your vocal folds whilst singing, the projectable power that you can claim allows you to produce brighter or sharper tones, tempo is now just at the mercy of how fast , slow or juxtaposed you dare to be and actually…in terms of creativity and lyricism; it will open up your songwriting skills and musical arrangements. I think this is why Grand Casual’s ‘New Calm’ is vibing with my musical inclinations so much. Kyron’s vocal twang isn’t really comparable to any other musicians because when you listen to all of their releases, Grand Casual are a unique three piece for WA. I can’t think of any other musicians in WA and, possibly even Australia, that you could place them amongst categorically. As in genre. Nope.
GRAND CASUAL ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE
|Kyron Smithson – Vocalist |
Matthew Cooper – Guitarist
Joe Franzone – Drummer + Bassist
There’s another band that I would say the same thing about that might help you to connect with what it is I am trying to say about GRAND CASUAL. (I wonder if anyone else has thought this….?)
DO YOU KNOW WHAT BAND I’M TALKING ABOUT?
I mean, come on have a listen to ‘The Toys Go Winding Down’ by Primus and tell me you still don’t understand what aryepiglottic constriction or Twang can do for the aesthetics, atmosphere and lyrical concepts or perhaps the theatrics of your dialogue and storylines. Go on, dare ya.
come now soldiers.
RIGHT, now, play all of these GRAND CASUAL tracks that I’ve conveniently placed underneath this text. nah, fuck off and listen to them all before you read any further.
They are totally owning their own uniquely crafted sound – take a little bit of rock, add some rhythmical, up tempo time signature beats, drizzle some rage-against-the-machine in there, and oh, yeah some Chaka Khan too! SERIOUSLY. There’s country swag in there, but it ain’t no Willie, nah, the swag that Grand Casual have got going on is far more contemporary. Oh Man, there’s even a twist of this, with some sufer rock too dude. You have to drizzle some of this on it too.
GRAND CASUAL are everything that I enjoy about Australian music, alright fuckit, Australian music
GRAND CASUAL are everything that I enjoy about Music. Fullstop. Yep, that’s it from me – I’ve got to go find myself a lift to Edge Of The Bay Festival. “Shall be mintay” – Grand Casual.
It’s time for you to go and delve deeper into that thing that is Grand Casual.
Grand Casual is a three piece band from Esperance Western Australia, Kyron their overweight balding 30 something front man dances like a man possessed, if you don’t believe in god you may get a little taste of his spirit as this guy swipes the sweat from his forehead screaming something about Western Mail Order brides (these are not, I repeat – they are not, in any way shape or form song lyrics of any Grand Causal Song. Kyron doesn’t actually scream anything about “Western Mail Order Brides.” This is a reference to one of his bandmates mishearing the lyrics and if you take the time to listen to Grand Casuals music you will notice that you never hear this).
Cooper on the guitar is never going to know which country exactly these mail order brides are coming from because he cant hear a fucking thing. Much like a snake flicking his tongue to the air he’s picking up vibrations through the stage and just noodling about, sweat pissing into his hearing aids rendering them a sonic mess. How is it then that this guys tears lead guitar solos that make the audiences ears bleed melting them to the floor in a writhing mass of ecstatic mental incompetence? telepathy no doubt.
Joe Franzone is an actual loon, he spends a vast amount of time talking shit about how Grayland’s is a place inside his mind and how he trips out after sucking on eucalyptus leaves while drunk. Have you watched Lord Of The Rings of course you have, fucking epic movie, It has been stated of late that Joe Franzone is The Lord of The Drums and you will find it hard to disagree.
When you’re watching Grand Casual your’e wondering where that eerie bass is coming from, and does the drummer only have one arm? The answer is simple Joe Franzone can play the bass keys and drums, one hand a piece better than he can take a bottle to the teeth and knock his front fucking tooth out (yeah that happened), he can play the drums better with one hand than you can type www.pornhub.com into your browser with your left index finger I guarantee it.
Esperance Western Australia, stunning white beaches, population of beautiful people, and a band named Grand Casual that will bare their soul to make you dance like a fucking lunatic, isn’t that what life is all about?
2018 was a fantastic year for the lads from Esperance highlighted by performances at WAMfest, The Blues at Bridgetown and followed up by two cracking sets at the Nannup Music Festival 2019. After much anticipation Grand Casual released their second single ‘THE SOUND’ on July 20th 2019, further cementing them as one of Western Australia’s most exciting new acts.
In 5 short years KyzaPresents has grown from an idea into the ‘go-to’ Event Management company in Esperance and the surrounding region through the tireless efforts of local musician, Kyron Smithson.
Kyron is an avid supporter of original music, creating the Esperance based promotional business in 2014 with a key goal of creating a busy and ongoing presence of live music in the region.
Since its conception KyzaPresents has been responsible for hundreds of shows and events in and around Esperance, ranging from open mics, acoustic sessions, hip hop evenings through to large scale ticketed events featuring multiple bands.
Some amazing local and regional artists have been showcased including, Rachel Vibart, Ash Grunwald, Grand Casual, Old Blood, Blue Child Collective, Bec Schutz, Ben Catley, Ruby May, The Hunting Birds, Luke Fox, Michael Dunstan, Grace Sanders, Edie Green, Evergone, and many, many more.
KyzaPresents is founded out of a love for live music and a desire to support the Esperance community, artists and punters alike, by creating a culture of live music that fosters inclusion, diversity, and most importantly, the development of opportunities available to the many musicians and artists in the region.
CHECK OUT THE KYZAPRESENTS PROMOTED EVENTS THAT ARE ON THIS WEEKEND BELOW