Spaced was written mid-year 2020, around the point the three of us we were once again allowed to share a jam space. Lyrically it is an abstract tune though at its heart is a discussion about our relationship with the people around us and how they influence our mental state. I feel we all have moments where we detach from reality, detach from our family and loved ones, the COVID Pandemic amplified this in negative and positive ways. Spaced is that place where you don’t really know what the hell is going on, you don’t really have a clear way forward. This can be negative as it leads to procrastination and loneliness, or this can be positive as it allows us to reflect upon our own lives while taking a step back. Key chorus lyrics reflect this sentiment.
“Slow Down, Feels like we been looking at the earth from space, in the here and now. Holding on, you have a very familiar face, in the here and now”
Spaced was fresh in our minds having been written with purpose over the two months prior to our August 2020 studio date. In the lead up we were unsure as to whether we would make the session with lockdowns and travel restrictions an ongoing concern. Spaced was recorded at Debaser Studio with Andy Lawson. Under Andy’s guidance, the track grew from a demo to a soundscape the three of us would have struggled to imagine. I remember laying down the vocals and thinking to myself “this is my cleanest work yet” prior to ducking out of the studio for a casual break. On returning Joe, Andy and Matt had added a stunning replay of the lyric “rewind” that falls in the tracks frenetic bridge, a finishing flourish that marked the end of a most enjoyable tracking process.
2020 feels like an age away, Grand Casual met its challenges head-on, embarking on a solid run of dates in October, which saw us play a sold-out Indian Ocean Hotel gig in Scarborough, Sold Out gig alongside The Floors, Little Lord Street Band, and Car Park Social in Esperance and rounded out with a career highlight supporting Perth heavyweights Karnivool in Kalgoorlie. Early 2021 marked our most raucous live shows to date. There Goes The Sun Festival in January saw a stage invasion like no other, closely followed by our Tigerville stage set at Nannup Music Festival, Joe's pink wig an actual highlight. Single “Sway” released to coincide with Nannup Music Festival and a run of shows in Feb March, marked our most successful single to date buoyed by a super whacky promotional campaign.
Nomination for WAM best regional act for the third year running (2018,2019,2020) forming a brilliant transition into our performance at WAMfest March 2021.
Spaced is Out July 29
Grand Casual On Tour
Friday, July 23rd 2021, Beer Farm, Margaret River
Thursday, August 5th 2021, Ningaloo Beach Resort, Coral Bay
Friday, August 6th 2021, Froth Craft, Exmouth
Monday, August 9th 2021, Ningaloo Beach Resort, Coral Bay
Tuesday, August 10th 2021, Monkey Mia Resort, Monkey Mia
Thursday, August 12th 2021, Monkey Mia Resort, Monkey Mia
Friday, August 13th 2021, Heritage Resort Shark Bay, Shark Bay
Saturday, August 14th 2021, Southerlys, Dongara
Esperance-based three-piece Grand Casual seem a little unusual. It’s not all that often that three musicians draw together with boldly different personalities, influences, and life experiences to create music that perfectly reflects this fact. Matt Cooper is a window cleaner by trade though don’t let his day-to-day employment sway your perception of the man. Cooper is a tinkerer a perfectionist a partially deaf guitarist whose search for exotic and interesting tones gives rise to an ever-evolving sound for the three-piece. Forever altering his musical tools, Matt occasionally leaves the pedantic vocalist and comedic drummer somewhat exasperated, though this exasperation quickly turns to delight when something fresh bends its way from a finely tuned Fender.
Joe Franzone is the youngest of the three, a man caught between comedy, acting, ridiculous haircuts, social influencer, and finally where his true talent lies, behind a set of Pro-Mark drum sticks he regularly pretends are wizards wands. And a wizard he is. To see the depth of concentration ripple across the lad’s visage as his explosive, and intricate drumming style ignites a Grand Casual live set, leaving the audience spellbound is something truly special. Wizardry abounds with revelers floored by the realization that Joe is drumming one-handed and taking the role of bass player with his second hand, musicians' favorite milk crates holding his second weapon of choice a Novation Bass Station Synthesiser.
Kyron spent his younger years imagining how it would feel to perform as a solitary vocalist, allowed to move where an accompanying guitar would not allow, allowed to dance the way a smooth surface, wide-open space, enthralled audience, and lack of inhibition would allow. Able to drift vocals across music drawn forth by two of the most exuberant performers regional WA has produced. Finally, he has that chance, finally, he gets to channel Elvis, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash, Keenan Maynard, heroes, legends enraptured by the bliss that is live performance. Kyron is pedantic, over organized, quick to stress, this persona fades away when Grand Casual takes the stage.
A stellar run of dates in Feb and March 2021 saw the lads hit the live circuit hard with epic performances at Nannup Music Festival, Clancy’s Fremantle, South Side of Summer Esperance, and Wamfest proving “there’s nothing casual about these guys”.
Three lads escape the mundane on a pedantic search for spicy sounds, Grand Casual are an eclectic bunch. From the anxious organized front man, to the resourceful guitar mechanic, and the exuberant comedic drummer, this is something else. Known for an exceptional live presence and genre-bending sounds, it’s no surprise the catchphrase “There’s nothing casual about these guys” has left the lips of more than one delighted audience member.