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The Grates: Patience Hodgson (vocals); John Patterson (guitar); Alana Skyring (drums).

Additional personnel: Nick Broste, Jim Becker, Patrick Newberry.

Recording information: 2006.

Australians the Grates strike a pleasing balance between NUGGETS-era garage rock, lo-fi punk, and Elephant 6-style quirk-pop. Their full-length debut, GRAVITY WON'T GET YOU HIGH, delivers on each count: the songwriting is whimsical but not frivolous, and the band rocks but isn't weighted with poseur attitude. At times the Grates seem to be playing a quaintly crafted version of vintage garage punk, but their sunny, child-like exuberance wins out in the end, making this catchy, solid first effort feel more like punk rock played at a 10-year-old's birthday party. Fans of indie rock that's short on attitude and long on personality should take notice.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Science Is Golden' is bright, upbeat...setting well-textured propulsion against Hodgson's throaty, nimble singing..."
Q (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Grates are clearly in thrall to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs....More sprightly than sinister..."
CMJ (p.5) - "Peppy vocal hooks answer guitars that shift from crisp to chaotic, while saxophone and horn arrangements keep things interesting."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. I Won't Survive
  2. Lies Are Much More Fun
  3. 19 20 20
  4. Rock Boys
  5. Howl
  6. Trampoline
  7. Science is Golden
  8. Feels Like Pain
  9. Nothing Sir
  10. Inside Outside
  11. Sukkafish
  12. Seek Me
  13. Little People
  14. I Am Siam
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2007
Interscope Records (USA)
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