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.
Touring for the release of their latest single Spaced over September and August Grand Casual traversed our states Mid West performing for the first time at Froth Craft in Exmouth then making their way back down the coast. Summer beckons with late night slots at Margaret River Guitar Festival, Blues at Bridgetown and a killer hometown show supporting the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets mid December, Grand Casual show no signs of slowing down.
Three lads escape the mundane on a pedantic search for spicy sounds, Grand Casual are an eclectic bunch. From the anxious organized frontman 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.
2021 was an actual whirlwind for the Esperance lads, Grand Casual touring as far as Exmouth, releasing three cracking singles Sway, Spaced and Who You Are, supporting industry heavyweights Abbe May and The Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, and railing the WA festival scene with slots at Nannup Music Festival, Wamfest, Strings Attached and Blues at Bridgetown.
2022 has existed at a different pace, Grand Casual spending the first half writing for what will be there debut ep, potentially album if all things align. As a gig filled Summer looms Grand Casual kick into November hard taking home WAM best regional act for 2022 after four years of consecutive nominations. Perfectly timed for their relaunch into the metro scene with a weekend of shows dubbed High Times Weekender falling Dec 9/10/11.