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Q: What's one thing that happens when you get back from an extended overseas trip?
A: You discover a box of cds marked 'potential demos of the week'
And this is why this cd from Grots Vegas, sent to us in 2007, finally makes its long-awaited entry here on this page. I was only meant to travel around Europe for a few months but due to an unforseen break-up, I stayed for over a year. But I'll save that story for my blog!
So, sorry Grots Vegas, for this belated adulation. You were in a box at my parents home, a suburb that The Powers That Be at Half A Cow doesn't even know exists in Sydney, so there was no way to get these all-important demos back to head office.
Onto the music: Three catchy pop songs from this Sydney band fronted by former Nancy Vandal member CW Grot. Heavy on the riffs, but with an assured melodic vocal, these are the sort of songs you'd be singing along to in no time. 'Here comes the darkness' is literally about night taking over at the end of the day: When the shadow comes knocking on the door/when the robbers come robbing in the night/he's not the bogey man…
Special mention goes to 'Pretty' – a philosophical look at finding out what it all means after one leaves this world, complete with the irresistibly catchy lines: 'I hope they explain it to me when I'm dead/Because I don't think I'll get it before then'. It's a great song, complete with la la las (which are always fun to sing along to).
The trio also features TS Grot on guitar and BFD Grot on drums. The bio says their '4th member of the band is actually an iPod, filling out the sound…' The bio must get a wee medal too as it has a few humorous moments, such as: Of their blistering set at the Tote in Melbourne earlier this year, one hardened rock critic said “I couldn't believe it! Those three people were amazing – they drove all the way here…and they were quite cheerful…”
In line with reviewing something two years old comes the possibility that the band is no more. Going to the Grots Vegas myspace page we discover that the band is no more and the members have reconfigured themselves as ToMeFromMe. And that's a much better name! - SH