Although still in their infancy as a band, Grass House are hitting the underground waves of the London music scene with real menace. Frequently compared to the likes of Tom Waits and Nick Cave, front man Liam Palmer’s subtle and unpredictable lyrics are a refreshing change from the usual drone imitations of The Vaccines.
As summer approaches the festival season is upon us and this time of year is particularly hectic for new bands pushing for their big break. Yet this year differs slightly for the London quartet, already announcing slots at Beacons festival, Secret Garden Party and a return to Leeds in May, all on the eve of releasing their first EP on their own label ‘Holiday Club Recordings’, leaving fans to pay as much (or as little) as they feel necessary.
The three-singled album consists of debut single ‘Cockroach’, ‘Snowcones’ and most recent track ‘Bottom of the Sea’. All three are captivating, thought-provoking and enthralling tracks that drag you into the world that is; Grass House.
Constant comparisons to greats such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart are justified, as the bands Influences throughout ‘Plough More Sky’ are evident and never more so than in the preamble ‘Cockroach’; as frontman Liam Palmer leads us into a novelistic unpredictable imaginative song writing.
Cockroach opens with the profound drum of Nick Jones’ bass luring you in alongside the wailing of lead guitar in the distance, quickly joined by a meld of drumbeat and Palmers commanding vocals. Amongst powerful lyrics such as ‘let this language burn, lets those leeches bleed’ this track is more than your usual tale of love lost.
Snowcones differs from the demanding, free-flowing ‘cockroach’ altogether, it’s aggressive, it’s crazed and it’s a frenzy of open, irregular lyrics. At times, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are two vocalists as Liam Palmer shows a complete new string to his bow with meticulous screeching; “The entirety of mankind is hanging by a thread, we are puppets, we are baubles, we are carrots, we are dead” – sums all you need to know about this track.
Grass House shows their divergence throughout the EP, and ‘Bottom of the Sea’ continues in the same vain. The track builds the tension throughout, until eventually releasing a great dark barrage of sound. ‘Bottom of the Sea’ is a beautiful track to see out an exciting first EP.
I get the impression that Grass House are prolific song writers who could churn out real quality tracks in one session, I would not be surprised to see a full album released within the year. It’s clear this band has talent, and with hard work and focus has the ability to take the country by storm.