Grumpster Release Self Titled Third Album

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Bay Area punks Grumpster have today released their self-titled third album, that is now available through streaming platforms here and on vinyl via Pure Noise Records. Mentored by Asian Man Records legend Mike Park, Grumpster have brought the passion and uncompromising snarl of the East Bay’s salad days into the modern era since forming in 2017. The band’s 2022 LP, Fever Dream introduced them to the masses and earned them shows at the legendary 924 Gilman St. and national tours with the likes of Jawbreaker, Lagwagon and Joyce Manor from coast to coast. 

Produced by Brett RomnesGrumpster‘s self titled album is the sound of a once-green act coming into their own as players and writers, as the quartet use their sweat-soaked punk rock flame not to set their past ablaze, but bravely light the path ahead. Alex Hernandez’s gruff vocals on tracks like Bottom Feeder and Just For Fun offer a grittier counter to Donnie Walsh’s more saccharine delivery, while new textures, tones, and grooves expand the band’s sonic playbook into post-grunge (Grey), fuzzed-out alternative (Bern Needs His Meds) and 6/8 surf rock (SSBpt2) without losing the passion fans have come to expect.

“This is the first time we got to write music since becoming a touring band. As soon as we were supposed to start touring, the pandemic happened. We got to come in to write this album having done hella shit and multiple U.S. tours. We were way more honed in than ever before on what it took to write music. As we kept working on the songs, we’d get further and further away from where we started and they started sounding cooler and cooler. We wrote almost all these songs in the same room at the same time. I’d say this album is about general suffering. Being alive is suffering sometimes. Compared to Fever Dream, I wanted to be more transparent and honest in terms of the lyrics; no metaphors or anything like that. I’m over songwriting that’s trying to be clever. If I were to stumble upon this album as a listener, I’d know exactly what the songs were saying and take a lot from it – because it really do be like that sometimes.” ((Donnie Walsh)

The four members are quick to credit this more collaborative, face-to-face process for the album’s undeniable energy and live feel, allowing them to showcase the chops they honed in sweaty clubs across the country over the past few years while seamlessly working to continue pushing their sound in new directions. Those performances are accentuated by the close knit, heart-on-sleeve lyricism of Walsh and Hernandez as they explore gender, anxiety, isolation, relationships and more over the course of the album’s 11 songs. This sort of deeply personal writing has been at the heart of Grumpster since the band first formed, but it’s never been so sharply and adroitly distilled as it is here.