Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Hip Hop


Sounds like

Thundercat, Flying Lotus, J Dilla


band members

Alex Reid - Drums Josiah Padmanabham - Synths/Samples Zac Grafton - Bass Matthew McGlynn - Trumpet Eldar Ekic - Guitar


Influences

Weather Report, D'angelo, Pat Metheny


Bio

Perth-based instrumental beat outfit Grievous Bodily Calm have shared their new EP Arc. The transportive three-track release was written, produced and recorded at home, seeing the band progress from their 2019 effort Repel with further experimentation in production, collaboration and instrumentation.

Arc features a string quintet, modular synthesis, highly processed live instruments and group improvisation. The result is three tracks that strongly weave beautiful melodies, energetic rhythms and widely varied textures with a blurring of live, electronic and produced sounds. Through the process of producing and mixing the EP themselves, Arc is a true representation of GBC’s unique approach to instrumental music - the aesthetic of produced beats with the added dynamic of realtime improvisation and the excitement involved therein.

The five-piece have become renowned for their genre-blending signature instrumental sound and high energy live show infuses IDM, beat music and jazz improvisation with modern electronic production. They have shared stages with acts such as The Avalanches, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kaiit, Beach House and the legendary Mulatu Astatke as well as numerous festival appearances and sold-out headline shows off the back of their acclaimed 2019 independent release Repel - a melting pot of lyrical melodies and intricate beats with a focus on conveying emotion through expressive compositions. The release was highlighted by Bandcamp’s ‘New & Notable’ and nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 Western Australian Music Awards.

2020 has already seen the band release two singles to rapturous acclaim: the multi-dimensional, shape-shifting 'Sync Step' and the ecstatic groove of 'Mosaic', with support received from Clash, COLORS, Earmilk, Bandcamp, triple j and a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist selection.

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

16 Nov 2020

Triple J
45

What an epic! It's the kind of track you'll want to absorb yourself in fully. Phenomenal stuff.

What an epic! It's the kind of track you'll want to absorb yourself in fully. Phenomenal stuff.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

13 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

You're craaaaaazy. Honestly, this band are nuts.

You're craaaaaazy. Honestly, this band are nuts.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

13 Nov 2020

Triple J
40

i thought i pressed play on a song but i think i actually just watched a movie inside my head, thanks grievous bodily calm.

i thought i pressed play on a song but i think i actually just watched a movie inside my head, thanks grievous bodily calm.