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Booking Inquiries:
Email andy@grubspoon.com

Press Kit:
Happy Accidents Press Kit (2 MB pdf)
Electronic Press Kit (Sonic Bids)

Live Radio Appearances:
WRNR 103.1 FM, Radio AnnapolisWRNR Interview - 9/8/05 (16 MB mp3)
grubspoon live in-studio with local music icon, Damien Einstein on 103.1 WRNR in Annapolis. Includes live acoustic performances of penance from happy accidents and a new tune, last quarter as well as an interview with the band and spins of monster and hooked from happy accidents.

WRNR Interview – 6/2/05 (25 MB mp3)
grubspoon live in-studio with local music icon, Damien Einstein on 103.1 WRNR in Annapolis. Includes live acoustic performances of monster and hooked from happy accidents, as well as an interview with the band and spins of penance and loveatfirstsight.

Interviews:
The Monocacy Monocle (September 23, 2005), by Dominique Agnew

Washington City Paper Pop Quiz
It is happy, but not accidental, that we find ourselves listening to the new CD by GRUBSPOON, Happy Accidents. The disc is filled with hard-driving indie-rock performed ably by Andy Swick (vocals, guitars), Matt Raschka (guitars, vocals), Turbo Gertz (bass), and Jeff Stitely (drums). Also not accidental is all the radio play the band's been getting, and that the group is working up and down the East Coast. Grubspoon will kick off August right with a gig at the Black Cat [on] Monday, August 1.

Reviews:
Earvolution.com (December 5, 2005): grubspoon: Happy Accidents
by Emily Tartanella

Grubspoon could be from two very distinct decades.

On one hand, they've got the vocals that would make Robert Plant nod approvingly. They feature drums that fall like rocks in a quarry. They swagger like the kind of band who would make their home at (the dearly departed) CBGB's in the glory days of Television.

Meanwhile they use guitars that might as well be swathed in flannel. With a call and a response, they can evoke some of the best (and occasionally worst) of recent metal. Not to mention, Grubspoon rock like the bizarre love child of Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age. Make no mistake; this is guy-rock at its best, be it from the 70s or the 90s.

Perhaps the worst thing about Grubspoon is their name. Shudder. But, aside from that, this is an endearing CD full of epic hooks, catchy songs, and emoting that makes Nickelback look like Kraftwerk. Grubspoon traipse through genres, picking up the best they can find and combining it into Happy Accidents. They hail from Washington, D.C., but sound like Seattle rock, and they keep shifting the more you try to pin them down.

The songs are, frankly, excellent. Opener "Love at First Sight" shows that Grubspoon can make girls dance, albeit in a slightly menacing way. The basslines are dark, edgy, but the harsh vocals definitely contradict any use of the word "moody."

Future single "Monster" has a surprising charm to it, featuring piano keys and a repeated chant of "My darkest hour." It's here that Grubspoon show their potential. This is a fantastic song with a style all its own, one that could provide a soundtrack to any teenager's life. Other highlights include "Penance," with a Pixies-vibe that makes your toes curl, and "Hooked," which seemingly resurrects Joey Ramone and gives him enough speed to make it to the mic. The irresistibly profane "FVA" (Fuck Virginia) pounds like the Beastie Boys at their most ruthless and seethes with a primal, furious energy.

Despite the embarrassing "Kaleidoscope" (way too close to Limp Bizkit territory) and occasional lyrical slightness, Happy Accidents makes you want to run upstairs, slam your door, and blare your stereo. No matter which era or what genre Grubspoon come from, they know that rock is about the chords, the power, and most of all the fundamental spirit.

If it's too loud, don't you dare turn it down.
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On Tap Magazine (October, 2005): FourPlay: Four Artists that Should be on Your Radar, Calendar, and iPod
Grubspoon
While the band name may sound a little icky, there's nothing grubby or spoon-like about these guys. They're a little electronic, a little alt-rock and a lot indie. This Washington quartet flirts between the wide musical spectrum of ballads and screaming tunes in their latest album, "Happy Accidents." Grubspoon was founded in 2002 by vocalist Andy Swick and guitarist Matt Raschka. Bassist Dave “Turbo” Gertz and drummer Jeff Stitely were added to form the band's current line-up, which has received airplay on DC101, Annapolis's WRNR, Baltimore's WHFS and Radio Wazee. Hey—they're busy guys. Notable songs from their LP include “Monster” and “Humility,” which noticeably show the band's cited influences of Fugazi, Jawbox and The Clash.

- Korin Miller
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RockMusicReview.com (August 24, 2005): grubspoon: Happy Accidents

- "...a combination of 'Song 2' and 'Chinese Bombs' by Blur with some hints of Axl Rose and Queens of the Stone Age."

- Dave McGovern
Staff Writer
RockMusicReview.com
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Music Monthly (2/05 Issue): grubspoon: The Anger, The Edge, and The Joke Behind It

Perhaps I'm not the ideal person to review this five-song offering by
Grubspoon. I'm generally drawn to hook-drenched pop and the likes, and
this is not that.

But I will tell you what I do know. This isn't anything you've never
heard before, but it's good stuff from talented writers. I'll tell you
that Grubspoon is relaxed and confident in their delivery, the guitars of
Andy Swick and Matt Raschka are well executed and tonally exciting, both
singers' raw vocal delivery fits the material like a ribbed condom.
Bassist Eric Bloodsworth is on the money, and drummer Dave "Turbo" Gertz
is a heavy hitter who's just sloppy enough to give the tracks a slight
punk persona. I actually think back to nights at CBGB in the late 70s
when groups like Television and Johansen would scream over the same four
chords endlessly, creating a pre-house trance loop. Add new century
distortion and 90s crunch to that, and you get the picture.

The lyrics are shallow and simple and one wonders if it's by choice or by
imitation, nevertheless they work because of it. Go Away, the lead-in
track, displays the vocal anger of John Lennon in his earliest solo
endeavors. Swallow follows and though reminiscent of Alice in Chains in
intensity, is highly forgettable. But when the band finds a groove in
Humility, Grubspoon's identity is redeemed. Drum sounds are not wonderful,
here especially, but passable enough to keep the listener anchored for the
impressive call-and-answer vocals, reminiscent of Durst and Limp Bizkit,
or even dare I say their predecessors, the Beastie Boys. "F*** Virginia"
bears a lot of the same good elements, even more Beastie than the previous
track. Water, the final track, shows what I think the group is capable of
in a live venue - focused, energetic, raucous, and exhilarating aural
behavior. If the band can pull this feeling off at a show, they earn the
right to exist. No Sleep Till Grubspoon.

- Kyf Brewer

 

 

 

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