GraceJean are cathartic. The Melbourne based folk duo boast live shows that range from heartbreakingly tender to feet stompingly boisterous. Finalists in this year’s Darebin Songwriting Competition, their music is abundant in rich harmonies, intricate guitar lines and compelling lyrics
Influenced by bands such as Joseph, the Staves and Ben Howard the duo push at the folk genre envelope, offering a sound that is new yet also deeply trenched in the tradition.
Preparing for a busy 2019 (starting with an appearance at The Village Festival at the Lorne Falls Festival), GraceJean has spent this year recording a live Ep as well as a debut album, both of which are due for release next year.
Their debut EP, self titled ‘Mona Bay’, was released mid last year, and is a raw collection of songs based upon the transition from adolescence to adulthood, or, rather; the trials, attempts, and ultimate failure to come of age.
They share equally flawed personalities and are stuck in the toxic mindset of ‘yesterday was always better’, so they write nostalgic songs about never growing up.
One local punter was brash enough to describe their sound as “sexy, dirty, fun”, whilst another summed it up as “nostalgic poetry”
Neither are truly accurate, but the boys like to believe their sound lies somewhere respectfully in between. “Dirty nostalgia” would roughly sum it up.