The Obelisk is premiering Grifter’s new video for “Princess Leia,” which appears on their forthcoming album, Return Of The Bearded Brethren, which will be out on August 12 in North America and August 18 in Europe via Ripple Music.
The extraordinary H.P. Taskmaster says:
“It’s a straightforward song, and Grifter are a straightforward band. They write classic heavy rock hooks, but have a completely modern approach to their sound and perspective. Bassist Phil, drummer Foz and guitarist/vocalist Ollie Stygall have a crisp chemistry. Their material swings, as ‘Princess Leia’ showcases, but it does so always with a forward direction in mind. The lyrics to ‘Princess Leia’ also remind of Grifter‘s ability to couch some pretty personal issues in a humorous package. We’ve heard them do this before, on a song like ‘Young Blood, Old Veins’ from the last album, but by using the frame of a boyhood crush on the Star Wars character, Stygall and company are able to look at getting older through an even cleverer lens.”
It’s been nearly three years since English southerners GRIFTER released their self-titled debut on Ripple Music in 2011. That album was a critical success garnering impressive reviews and hitting the year-end best-of lists on such notable sites as The Obelisk, The Soda Shop, Chybucca Sounds, Heavy Planet and plenty more including the hallowed pages of The Sleeping Shaman. GRIFTER supported the release with a UK tour as special guests to Orange Goblin and slots at various festivals such as the inaugural Desertfest London and Freak Valley Festival in 2012 and in 2013 at Britain’s prestigious Bloodstock Festival and Hard Rock Hell.
It’s 2014 and GRIFTER are set to release their second album The Return Of The Bearded Brethren, once again through Ripple Music. Whereas the first album was a bunch of tracks the band had spanning their career up to that point, the new album was written with one aim in mind: to write a killer album that would hit hard from start to finish yet contained songs that would kick arse in their own right.The Return Of The Bearded Brethren picks up where the debut left off but builds in every way from the quality of the song writing and playing boasting a fat production courtesy of Rich Robinson.
The album, which includes many tales of Guinness, ’70s sex symbols, drinking regrets, religious folly and more, is slotted for to be released via Ripple Music on 12th August in North America, 18th August in Europe and will be available on CD, limited Vinyl & Digital formats.
Mastered by Tony Reed at Heavy Head
Cover artwork by Jamie Campbell
Vocals/guitars – Ollie Stygall
Bass – Phil Harris
Drums/backing vocals – Foz Foster