Indie, Rock, Roots
Joe Franzone Matt Cooper Kyron Smithson
Black Keys, Sticky Fingers
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Hailing from the West Australian Coastal town of Esperance three-piece act Grand Casual consisting of Matt Cooper, Joe Franzone and Kyron Smithson have been steadily building momentum since late 2017. A wide range of influences including Sticky Fingers and The Black Keys drive their sound which varies from track to track seamlessly incorporating elements of blues, jazz, soul.
After spending winter in the jam room working on a wealth of new material Grand Casual are set to hit the road. Late October through to early November (2018) sees the three piece play some truly iconic WA venues and events. Tour stops include The White Star in Albany (Friday 26th October), Settlers Tavern Margaret River (Saturday 27th October), Wamfest in Perth (Saturday November 3rd) then rounded out by two sets at The Blues At Bridgetown. Grand Casual’s new material has a diverse flavour ranging from classic blues rock tunes driven by Matt Cooper’s gritty guitar riffs through to elements of hip hop and reggae where Joe Franzone’s drumming style rises to the forefront. Fresh tracks couldn’t have come at a better time with the lads third tour for the year just around the corner.
Recent nomination for a 2018 WAM award for best regional performers, caught Grand Casual off guard. To stand in the company of four brilliant West Australian acts (Tracey Barnett, Tanya Ransom, Blue Child Collective and Kris Nelson) selected in the same category, highlights the scale of what Grand Casual has achieved over a dynamic 12-month period. Momentum continues to build with plans to record and release the band’s debut ep to align with a 2019 appearance at The Nannup Music Festival.