“Get out there, make some bad decisions, live, take risks, make sacrifices, fall in love, stop thinking about the consequences, experience life and learn from your mistakes”
From the opening track of The Griswolds breakthrough second album High Times For Low Lives there are bad decisions, dubious choices and — right there in “Role Models” — electro-funk keyboard stabs that punch through the heart of a beat-laden RnB jam. There are drugs, models and sparkling, innovative pop. And if you thought you knew The Griswolds, think again.
High Times For Low Lives is the Australian four-piece’s explosive coming out party, an amalgam of electro RnB rock intersecting with the slinky indie they’re known best for from 2014’s debut Be Impressive. Thematically following the process of a relationship decline, the ups and downs of following dreams, and how these moments showcase life at its fullest, High Times for Low Lives is an immersive thematic experience, as well as a sonic evolution of The Griswolds.
The band — singer Chris Whitehall, guitarist/keyboardist Daniel Duque-Perez, bassist Tim John and drummer Lachlan West — teamed up with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Sleigh Bells, fun. and more) at his Los Angeles studio and strikingly evolved their musical personality. Their relentlessly catchy tropical indie-rock is now draped in swathes of funk, RnB, hip-hop and electro, with echoes of Michael Jackson, The Weeknd, Prince, Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar abounding in its dancefloor-ready pop.
“Reality's a plane / And we’re not on it…”
The result is an album that’s playful, ominous, twisted, exuberant and turbulent, and impossible to categorise. Simply, it’s a thoroughly modern record that defies convention, taking listeners on an exhilarating genre-shifting ride amid an outpouring of self-recrimination and reflection.
That cycle of emotional turmoil came after the roaring success of debut album Be Impressive (whose plaudits inclu