CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

February 2009

GROTS VEGAS Fear and loathing with Grots Vegas

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Q: What's one thing that happens when you get back from an extended overseas trip?
A: You discover a box of cds marked 'potential demos of the week'

And this is why this cd from Grots Vegas, sent to us in 2007, finally makes its long-awaited entry here on this page. I was only meant to travel around Europe for a few months but due to an unforseen break-up, I stayed for over a year. But I'll save that story for my blog!

So, sorry Grots Vegas, for this belated adulation. You were in a box at my parents home, a suburb that The Powers That Be at Half A Cow doesn't even know exists in Sydney, so there was no way to get these all-important demos back to head office.

Onto the music: Three catchy pop songs from this Sydney band fronted by former Nancy Vandal member CW Grot. Heavy on the riffs, but with an assured melodic vocal, these are the sort of songs you'd be singing along to in no time. 'Here comes the darkness' is literally about night taking over at the end of the day: When the shadow comes knocking on the door/when the robbers come robbing in the night/he's not the bogey man…

Special mention goes to 'Pretty' – a philosophical look at finding out what it all means after one leaves this world, complete with the irresistibly catchy lines: 'I hope they explain it to me when I'm dead/Because I don't think I'll get it before then'. It's a great song, complete with la la las (which are always fun to sing along to).

The trio also features TS Grot on guitar and BFD Grot on drums. The bio says their '4th member of the band is actually an iPod, filling out the sound…' The bio must get a wee medal too as it has a few humorous moments, such as: Of their blistering set at the Tote in Melbourne earlier this year, one hardened rock critic said “I couldn't believe it! Those three people were amazing – they drove all the way here…and they were quite cheerful…”

In line with reviewing something two years old comes the possibility that the band is no more. Going to the Grots Vegas myspace page we discover that the band is no more and the members have reconfigured themselves as ToMeFromMe. And that's a much better name! - SH


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

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