Okay guys, so I feel like this band is going to be big. I’m not a professional music critic or anything, but I just have a feeling about these dudes.
Grizfolk is a Los Angeles-based band, but they actually hail from around the Unites States and Sweden. Adam Roth the lead singer/guitarist is from Florida, drummer Bill Delia is from Pennsylvania, Sebastian Fritze, who plays synth/keys and guitarist Fredrik Eriksson are both from Sweden and bassist Brendan Willing James is the lone L.A. native. Sebastian and Fredrik had an electro-pop background and Adam had an Americana background- they started making music and the two backgrounds naturally formed together. Some call it “folktronic.”
Their EP From the Spark was just released at the end of February and they have a song ‘Way Back When’ on the Mr. Peabody & Sherman soundtrack. I actually included their single ‘The Struggle’ on my One Tree Hill birthday playlist back in September! With songs like these, I can definitely see Grizfolk joining the ranks with groups like The Lumineers, Bastille, 1975, Imagine Dragons, and American Authors on pop/hits radio.
I had a chance to interview the guys of Grizfolk before their Mercury Lounge show in NYC. The venue is pretty small, so we had to travel down to the basement/boiler room to have the interview. (Definitely my most interesting/weirdest interview setting.) We found a spot where the boiler didn’t rev.
Let’s just jump right in! EP just came out, you guys excited?
Adam: Super excited! Been a long time coming. The EP came out and we’re actually finishing the full length right now. It’s almost done.
Awesome! I read that you all write the songs together?
Adam: There are certain songs that we’ve all written together..yes. It just depends on the song. It started off as me and Fredrik just writing a bunch of stuff and then all of a sudden we found Sebastian and starting writing together. We’ve all been in bands together and stuff.
What inspires you when you write?
Adam: Everything. We live in California. You know, it’s a beautiful place, so the desert, the mountains, the ocean..
Sebastian: The beach! The surf!
Bill: The journeys.
Adam: Yeah, we try to not write about love as much and if we do, it’s more like the song ‘Vagabonds’, which is kind of a love story, but it’s more like they’re just kinda figuring out their way through life and being happy with nothing. You know, and comfortable with nothing. So it’s not really a song about love – it’s more like a song about two lovers making their way through.
Speaking of ‘Vagabonds’, The Vagabond Diaries video series that you guys have started is pretty cool. Who thought of that idea?
Adam: I think it was our buddy Rob, who comes out on the road with us. He’s coming to Europe with us. Really great dude and he’s an artist in every sense of the word. He’s part of the team and he’s always thinking forward. He thought of the idea.
It’s a great idea. I feel like all bands should have something like that. Just to show your fans what’s going on. And it’s also great for you guys to look back on and see where you’ve been.
Grizfolk: Yeah, definitely.