The Griswolds release debut album ‘Be Impressive’ on Wind-Up Records

By on August 27, 2014

The Griswolds

Australian indie rock band The Griswolds’ debut album BE IMPRESSIVE came out yesterday on Wind-up Records, with an “impressive” start, peaking at #5 on theiTunes Alternative Chart and #33 on the overall chart.  The album release is coming off the back of the band’s recent radio hit for their track “Beware The Dog”, currently sitting at #17 on the Alternative Radio Charts. The song is getting played at some of the biggest stations in North America, like KROQ in LA, SF’s LIVE 105 and Q101 in Chicago, as well as reaching the #1 on SirusXM station Alt Natiion’s “The Alt 18.”  You can watch the video for the song here

In anticipation of the album’s release last week, the band shared tracks off the album including  “If You Wanna Stay” with Neon Gold, “Live This Nightmare” withEarmilk, and “16 Years” with Billboard , which also has an interview with lead singer Chris Whitehall. BE IMPRESSIVE was produced by Tony Hoffer, best known for his work with M83, Beck, and Fitz & The Tantrums.


In other great news, the band finished in the top 3 in Spotify’s Emerge campaign, which is earned by user shares, new followers, unique listener per day, and individual streams. Past winners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bastille and Atlas Genius and the program is a great indicator for who will break out next.


The Griswolds formed almost three years ago by singer/guitarist Christopher Whitehall and lead guitarist Daniel Duque-Perez, and joined by bassist Tim John and keyboard / percussionist Lachlan West.  The Griswolds were thrown into the spotlight immediately after they found instant success in early 2012 when they became Australia’s Triple J “Unearthed” feature artist and won a slot on the 2012 Parklife Festival lineup alongside Passion Pit. They have gone on to play Oz’s Big Day Out Festival, and have toured with St Lucia, San Cisco, Django Django among others.  The band made their SXSW debut at this year’s festival and quickly named  the band to watch by Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, AU Review, The Atlantic.  They just wrapped a North American summer tour with Miniature Tigers. Expect more tour dates this Fall!


The Griswolds on Tour:

8/28 — Albany, NY — Hollow

8/29 — Burlington, NY — Higher Ground

8/30 — Rochester, NY — Montage Music Hall

9/3 — Lansing, MI — The Loft

9/5 ‘ Kansas City, KS ‘ Sporting Park

9/6 — Tulsa, OK — The Vanguard


“catchy, rock-infused pop sound.” Paste


” they are in great shoes to leave a permanent mark on the scene” Earmilk


“…creating instantly relatable songs that’ll make you want to get up and dance.” – The 405


“One of our favorite bands on the rise…” – The Eargazm


“… the youthful exuberance of Vampire Weekend with the nonchalant cool of The Strokes and percussive intensity of Friendly Fires…” – Neon Gold


“…concocting creatively composed pop songs that are as catchy as they are intriguing…molding interesting and unexpected melodies that go beyond the basics of just a good tune…There is just something special there…” CMJ


‘…it’s impossible to not sing along.’ – The Music Ninja


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.