Grit – ‘Ghost Estates Demo’ | Overblown Track by Track

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Grit’s debut demo is out now.

Dublin Oi! punks Grit are molded in a classic punk sense. Over the course of the six songs that comprise their debut demo they rail across the recession, the monotony of working a job you can just about tolerate, and the ignorance or recreational drug users. All the while they throw out razor sharp, and yet melodic, riffs and sardonic vocals.

We spent a bit of time talking to the group about their debut release, Ghost Estates Demo, and they went into detail about the inspiration behind the songs.

Ghost Estates Demo

Grit formed in 2014 and the band is based in Dublin. Byrneos plays bass, John plays drums, Eric and Seán on guitars and Clodagh does vocals. This demo was recorded in July 2016 at The Hive Studios in County Wicklow. It will shortly be released in 7″ format as a joint release by the following labels: “Distroy Records” (Sligo), “Carbomb Records” (Belfast) and “Ultra Peace” (Vancouver).

The band is a new departure for the individuals involved who cut their teeth playing d-beat, crust and raw-punk. Observe our cuddly, melodic side! Grit’s sound is inspired by the early French Oi! punk sound of bands like Warrior Kids and Camera Silens and contemporary bands such as Bishops Green and Syndrome 81.

1. ‘Concrete Sea’

Eric: A homage in solidarity with those people lost in the cold clutches of the cities of today. Struggle for money, struggle with addiction, struggle with mental health. It’s all around us in this town.

2. ‘Pauline’

The words of this song are set in an alternate reality fantasy world where you can tell your mate their current squeeze is not a positive addition to their life and they will remain your friend. Seriously though, dysfunctional relationships are no laughing matter and leave lots of hurt in their wake. Don’t get hung up on the genders depicted in the lyrics!

3. ‘Stray Bullet’

It’s fun to get fucked up but can’t people see the bigger picture in relation to their recreational drug taking? They’re financially supporting absolute scumbag drug dealers who ruin their own communities with the scourge of smack.

News stories report deaths of individuals “known to the Gardaí” (a media term often used in a way to infer the subject deserved whatever ill fate awaited them) but this shit doesn’t ever happen in your leafy suburb.

4. ‘Nowhere Else’

These lyrics are about hitting 40, working a job that doesn’t really inspire but pays the bills, feeling “out of step” with, ahem, normal society and being grateful that I have a subculture community, a network of like minded individuals that offers support, friendship and craic.

5. ‘Back Up Loader’

John: I do loading work at a large venue in Dublin. One day the stage was all set up ready to go then the band pulled out of the gig. So 100 odd people came together to build then un-build a stage all for nothing. The madness of life.

6. ‘Run Down Town’

I moved out of Dublin in 2007 shortly before the recession kicked most folk to the curb and I observed small town Ireland disintegrate before my eyes.

I’m not referring about the quaint tourist spots where you’ve spent a stag/hen or attended a folk festival. I’m talking about the shithole forgotten towns where the decline started in the 80s. But, look closely, there’s always some little point of beauty, or community spirit to spread a little bit of hope.

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