NY Grates in mind
BRISBANE band The Grates lost a drummer and moved to New York. At least that’s how guitarist John Patterson, one half of what is now a duo, describes it.
Patterson says there are no hard feelings between he and Grates frontwoman Patience Hodgson and their former drummer, Alana Skyring, who left the band to become a chef before joining Neil and Sharon Finn’s new band, The Pyjama Club.
Patterson says the line-up change brought him and Hodgson closer together. ‘‘It made us even more tight,’’ he says. ‘‘It just concentrated the two of us and all of our ideas. It brought us closer to a singular vision.’’
That vision saw the duo relocate to New York for a year to record their latest album, Secret Rituals.
Patterson says with ‘‘something amazing always happening’’ in the Big Apple, they certainly weren’t short of inspiration.
‘‘We recorded in a more modest studio in Brooklyn over four months, which was way longer than we would usually spend,’’ he says.
‘‘But the studio was cheap and we were enjoying the influences.’’
The resulting album continues The Grates’ blend of indie pop and Patterson says they are ‘‘really happy’’ with the finished product.
‘‘It feels like new people are discovering it every day on the internet,’’ he says.
‘‘A lot of people are just getting it now or listening to it for the first time. It’s not as immediate as our previous albums. ‘‘I like that it’s finding its audience.’’ With the addition of American drummer Ben Marshall, audiences have been flocking to see The Grates’ popular live shows on an Australian tour.
‘‘The live show and the energy surrounding it, that’s really important to us,’’ Patterson says.
‘‘It’s kind of what our band is founded on. It’s how and why we started.’’
– MARIA LEWIS
The Grates and Last Dinosaurs play the Coolangatta Hotel tonight at 8pm. Tickets are $30
The Grates – guitarist John Patterson and singer Patience Hodgson