Grenadina – Pretend For Me

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Simple complexities.

After many listens of Grenadinas latest EP Pretend For Me, the best way to describe them came after I received those lovely words from drummer Stephanie Petrozz in the interview below. In a world that is still not used to having a fully fledged female band, this group of musicians seem to be set on ignoring the fact that the world is that shallow by giving us music that demands full attention.

Vocalist Katie Ford sings each song with enough conviction and attitude you can’t help but pay attention to what she has to say. Guitarist Steph Castor delivers energetic guitar sounds that range from the haunting to the heavy. Bassist Mia Morrow and drummer Stephanie Petrozz hold down a solid backbone to the ever changing sounds which become Grenadina.

The album starts off with the energetic “Eight Up.” A playfully haunting and energy filled groove with some great guitar work and brilliant word play. “Spit & Sting” and “Nice Girls (Finish Last)” follow suit with enough energy to shoot one to the moon and back. I can’t help but to compare the sound of this album to the sounds of the old school punk vinyls from back in the day with the reverbed vocals and non-stop in your face music. “Glamour Angst” takes on a very different structure than the rest of the album showing just how diverse Grenadina can be. The album is rounded out by the songs “Merriweather,” “Don’t Flatter Yourself,” and a bonus acoustic track of the song “Glamour Angst.”

Pretend For Me is really a great album with showing so much potential for a band that is bound and determined to get their point across with powerful lyrics and energetic music. I got the chance to ask drummer Stephanie Petrozz a few questions about her band and their unique sound…

I’ve seen a lot of people try to describe your sound, but I’m more interested on how you would describe your sound…

Trying to put a name to your own sound is terribly hard. Indie-girl-rock with a flare—I guess would have to be my best answer. We’re something different, so it’s hard to pinpoint it, but I’ll admit we tend to enjoy that.

How did you come up with the band name Grenadina?

After failing at picking words out of a hat as well as being foodies, we thought Grenadine was intriguing but we only found out that was a previous band from the early 90’s. Slap an ‘A’ at the end of the word instead and there you go. At least it shows some femininity.

You’ve been together since 2011 and you’ve already opened up for bands like Eve 6, Rehab, The Shondes. What has been the most memorable show for you so far and why?

Every show is memorable in it’s own light, but I’d have to say our dear bassist Mia’s birthday show at The Riot Room. Everyone had an amazing time, and there’s no better feeling than when people are singing along to your songs.

What did producer Scott Chaffin bring to the table when you went to record your album?

Literally everything. He’s a wonderful guy to have as an inspiration and to work along with. It’s as if his creativity is at a constant flow, and I’m glad we could be a part of it.

How long did it take to record Pretend for Me and what was that whole experience like for you?

It was incredibly different from past recording experiences, especially because we had to make a lot with very little. With work schedules and what not, it took us two separate weekend days to complete the album. With it being a DIY type of setting you really have to push yourself to do as well as possible in one take.

What’s your favorite song on the album and why?

Surprisingly, I think “Glamour Angst” ended up being my favorite. It’s one of those songs that I’ve always enjoyed playing but ended up loving even more throughout recording. It’s powerful with simple complexities.

There is mention in your bio that Grenadina are focusing on the dynamics that united the: love, sex, friendship, and revenge. What does that mean to you?

Haha, you forgot the food part. We’re kind of a bold group of gals to be honest, but we have strong roots. We’d be nothing without those dynamics. Someone once told us to “Stay humble, stay fearless,” and we’ve lived by it ever since. Expect that quote to be tattooed to all four of us for life, literally.

Finally, what are your goals for the band for the next year, what are you looking forward to the most?

For sure more shows, meeting new people, and getting new fans. I have so much trust in these gals that I think anything can happen. We have a lot to give and a lot to say. The Pretend For Me EP is only the beginning.

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Album Name: Pretend For Me
Date Released: August 2012
Genre(s): Indie Rock, Girlcore
Location: Kansas City, MO
Band Members: Vocalist Katie Ford, Drummer Stephanie Petrozz, Bassist Mia Morrow, Guitarist Steph Castor

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