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Australian indie rock royalty The Grates are back in a big way!
The Brisbane stalwarts are officially reuniting their original line up – singer Patience Hodgson, guitarist John Patterson, and drummer Alana Skyring – for a special run of shows this December, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their seminal album, Teeth Lost, Hearts Won.
The tour has been dubbed the ‘Reunited and Excited’ tour, with shows that will see them performing some of the most memorable moments of Teeth Lost, Hearts Won, as well as songs from their breakout, debut LP Gravity Won’t Get You High and some classics from the rest of their extensive and impressive catalogue.
There aren’t many Australian bands in history with as much effervescence and infectiousness as The Grates. Their combination of Hodgson’s extra-extravert persona and inimitable voice, Patterson’s blistering guitar lines, and Skyring’s singular drumming style, made them a stand out from the outset when they first arrived with ‘Trampoline,’ back in 2004.
Their debut album Gravity Won’t Get You High put them on the map in 2006, but it was Teeth Lost, Hearts Won’s release in 2008 that cemented the band as one of the true greats of the 2000s, thanks to stunning songs like ‘Burn Bridges,’ ‘Aw Yeah,’ and ‘Carve Your Name.’
The album debuted at number 6 on the ARIA charts (no mean feat for an indie rock band at a time when you still had to sell big numbers to get on the ARIA charts!), and was universally praised as the record that saw the band mature their sound, while retaining the youthful, unbridled energy that got them there in the first place.