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The Grates' slam-bang garage pop gains greater depth on Secret Rituals, as core members Patience Hodgson and John Patterson add more lyrical nuance and dynamic range to their frisky sonic antics. The Australian combo’s third album retains the winning features of its earlier releases—the tunes here fuse honeyed melodies with astringent guitar work, carried along by jittery rock rhythms that build to insistent choruses. What’s new is a more mature perspective, conveyed by Hodgson’s less-frantic, more-emotive vocal manner and a greater sense of songcraft by the band overall. A breezy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs–style insolence is still evident, though comparisons to ‘90s bands like The Breeders and Sleater-Kinney are even more relevant. The album opener (“Turn Me On”) and the closing track (“Moving On”) display a welcome seriousness even as the group delivers plenty of tangy pop texture. Of course, the cheeky attitude and kitschy musical gestures that defined The Grates from the start are present too, especially in songs like “Young Pricks,” “With You,” and “Like You Could Have It All.”

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the grates

this is a band i've never heard of... but as i was looking at itunes this morning, this album's cover grabbed my attention so i decided to listen to some of the songs. i was very surprised when i heard what i heard! i have never heard of the grates until about 10 minutes ago. they are a great band! they remind me of the female version of the strokes. i'm glad i found out about them! :)


same like a few other people the album cover grabbed my attention as i was searching through itunes :D it's pretty good, unlike all the other new bs on the alt rock itunes page about every other two or three days. im surprised it hasn't received as much popularity as imagine dragons or morning parade - this is better! in fact the grates have a special vibe - it's unique and full of energy. two words - BUY THEM!

Best band ever!!!!

What a great sounding, great looking band. Never heard drums like that before ;)


Formed: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Karaoke -- an unhinged rendition of the Disney chestnut "A Whole New World," to be specific -- brought Australians Patience Hodgson, John Patterson, and Alana Skyring together as musicians, but that sap-soaked turn at the mike didn't exactly foreshadow the classic punk racket on which the trio would build its reputation. Friends since childhood in Brisbane, Hodgson, Patterson, and Skyring honed their lo-fi, hyper-spazzy sound in Patterson's garden shed in the early 2000s with the help of the guitarist's...
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Secret Rituals, The Grates
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jul 10, 2012

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