Grifter Announce Breakup via Monty Python Reference

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 16th, 2018 by JJ Koczan

Not too long ago I was thinking UK heavy rockers Grifter were about due for a new album. So much for that. Instead, the three-piece have decided to call it a day after a run that began in 2003. Their last release was 2016’s Gorilla vs. Grifter split (review here) via HeviSike Records, and their two prior full-lengths, 2014’s The Return of the Bearded Brethren (review here) and their 2011 self-titled debut (review here), were both issued through Ripple. I felt fortunate to see them at Desertfest London in 2012 and always found their songs had charm, whatever pop culture reference they happened to be making at the time.

As such, it’s only fitting they go out with Monty Python’s parrot sketch. They had a good run, left some songs in the can that, hey, maybe someone will press up at some point, and don’t seem to have any great amount of animosity toward each other, at least going by the below. They were kind enough to basically do their own exit interview. Here it is as they posted on the social medias:

grifter

Time Gentlemen please!

Without so much as a bang as a whimper we have to announce that Grifter is done. Like the proverbial Norwegian Blue it is no more, it has run up the curtain to join the choir invisible, it is an ex band.

The not at all F.A.Qs

What happened?

Nothing…literally! We played a couple of gigs in October with a view to jamming again…etc then…nothing, we literally stopped playing. You can cite a loss of interest, changing musical interests, other time/family commitments, running its course…but it just stopped happening. 14 years is plenty!

Will there be a farewell show?

Nope. We tried to break up 2 years ago and in rehearsing for a final show got sucked into carrying on. Once bitten twice shy as they say.

Will there be a final release?

There are songs recorded last year but the reality is probably no-one can be arsed to put them out so it’s highly unlikely.

Will there ever be a reunion?

Never say never but we’ve only just disbanded and we didn’t do that with a plan to get back together…and really, would anyone actually be interested anyway?

Can I still buy merch?

Yeah the store is still open for now as we have some vinyl and CDs still up for grabs.

Will there be any new music from any of the brethren?

It is already happening.

Who and what?

You will be told at the appropriate time…soon.

Will it sound like Grifter?

No. If the plan was to sound like Grifter, we wouldn’t have split up Grifter!

When will we hear the new band and when will they play ****** (insert town here)?

When the time is right

Grifter was:
Ollie – Vocals/Guitar
Phil – Bass
Foz – Drums

https://www.facebook.com/GRIFTERROCK/
https://grifterrock.bandcamp.com/
http://grifter.bigcartel.com/
http://www.grifterrock.co.uk/

Grifter, Gorilla vs. Grifter (2016)

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