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Grizfolk -- from Los Angeles, and Sweden, with love
Grizfolk was the result of happenstance for its five members.
The Los Angeles-based modern rock quintet hails from all corners of the country -- and the world, for that matter. Bassist Brendan James is the lone Los Angelino in the lineup and was playing in another group with frontman and Florida native Adam Roth and drummer Bill Delia, who hails from eastern Pennsylvania. Then Roth met Swedish songwriters and producers Frederik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze, laying the ground work for an entirely new endeavor.
"Everyone came (to Los Angeles) for music for various reasons, wanting to do different things," James, 35, recalls by phone from the group's tour bus. "I think everybody in their hear of hearts wanted to do exactly what we're doing now. But sometimes it takes a minute."
Grizfolk, in fact, began as a songwriting collective. But when initial sessions yielded tracks such as "The Struggle" and "Hymnals," which quickly garnered a following on the Internet and are also featured on Grizfolk's debut album, "Waking Up the Giants," James says the five musicians "decided we should probably make a real band more than a writing project. We really worked well together. It's awesome."
Grizfolk preceded the album with a couple of EPs and has been pleased to find fans singing along regularly at its shows. James confirms that the group had "Waking Up the Giants" finished well before its January release, but it's confident that it was well worth the wait. "We wanted it to come out before, but it wasn't the right time," he says. "We're really happy about the choices we made on the timing, 'cause it was perfect. It came out as the new year started; we did 'Conan' and it came out and we went right on tour. So we had a lot of momentum, and it feels good.
"We toured almost two years on the EPs, so now to have all the songs out and give them to the fans is an incredible feeling."
A little wrinkle is Grizfolk's world, of course, is that it's sometimes confused with Detroit electronic artist GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski, a Southfield native and Birmingham Groves graduate). The two acts have been on festival bills together but haven't met, and James hopes that happens sooner rather than later.
"A good friend of mine works for him, which we joke about a lot," James says. "I think at some point we'll meet. And it'll be extra funny if we do something together. Why not, right?"
Grizfolk and Max Frost
Friday, Feb. 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St.,
Tickets are $12.
Call 313-961-8961 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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