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Album Review

Here come the Griswolds, a fuchsia-colored hand grenade of '80s-inspired pop, signed, sealed, and delivered from Sydney, Australia. Following the release of their Heart of a Lion EP in 2012, the band's star quickly rose, receiving heavy blog love and charting well in both their home country and in Europe. The quartet signed on with mega indie Wind-Up Records and were in turn paired with producer Tony Hoffer (M83, Beck, Foster the People) to craft their debut. Be Impressive is not only the neon-lit title of their first album, but apparently it's also the band's M.O. The Griswolds aim for the rafters on songs like the thundering synth anthem "Right on Track" and the clubby "Down and Out." Strains of contemporary pop's biggest and brightest can be heard in their sounds: the chippy faux-Graceland guitar punctuations of Vampire Weekend, the bright synth pop bursts of Passion Pit, the explosive electro-pop of MGMT, and the radio-friendly soul-pop of Maroon 5. This is music aimed at stardom, packaged for the world to enjoy, and you've got to give them credit for coming out with guns blazing. Many of the songs are very catchy with strong choruses and hooks that should gain them ample airplay and a firm footing on the world's stage.

Customer Reviews

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I love the griswolds found them a couple years ago when mississippi came out and fell in love so pre ordering this album

Crazy, crazy, crazy....

You're @&$! Crazyyyyy....Lol

A little too much pop, but still awesome!

I've been really excited for this album for a while, and even pre-ordered it. I was suprised at how pop-infused it is, but it's still definitely a really good album. It's like they're caught in between the indie rock feel of Heart of a Lion, their 2013 album and a pop rock album. I'd still recommend picking Be Impressive, probably one of if not my favorite albums of of the year!

Biography

Formed: 2012 in Sydney, Austrailia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Australian indie rock band the Griswolds became an overnight sensation in their homeland with their catchy tunes, laid-back style, and party-hearty philosophy. Named after Chevy Chase's hapless family in the Vacation movies, the Griswolds were formed in 2012 by singer Christopher Whitehall, guitarist Daniel Duque-Perez, bassist Tim John, drummer Chris Riley, and keyboardist Lachlan West. The band came together after Whitehall and Duque-Perez began working up song ideas together, and one sounded good...
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