What’s your name and role within The Grogans?
I am Jordan and I am the drummer of The Grogans.
Where are you currently based?
I’m based at 22 Almurta Road, East Bentleigh. Pop in and say hi.
How’s your Covid experience been so far?
Oh look it wasn’t too bad, it definitely has its pros and cons. Plenty of time to hang out with housemates, do some gardening and stuff but cons are that i can’t really do anything else.
Your last single before the album was released – ‘Got a Girl’ – is out now, how did this track come about?
Quin and I were jamming, during the covid period and stumbled across it, built on it with Gus a few weeks later and then recorded. It’s a bit heavier but still poppier enough to a boog.
Your new album Day/To/Day is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
Ahh, I think we took a lot of influence from relaxed surfy rock like allah las, the pesos and heaps of 60s & 70s surf. Also recording the album in ocean grove added to the sound through it being so relaxing.
How did you go about writing the album?
I don’t think we ever sat down and said “let’s write this now”, they just all happened through jamming. We had a rough idea of what we wanted to do but never knew exactly how many tracks or what exactly those tracks would sound like.
Where and when did you record and who with?
Ocean Grove, at the start of the year between isolations and with Quin, our guitarist/singer.
How did you approach the recording process?
We were trying to record it all at home, but just kept getting too hard because of work. So we just decided to lock ourselves away for a week to just get it done, otherwise we would have just kept adding stuff at home for months and never would have actually finished it.
What programs/equipment did you use?
We did it all on Protools. I don’t actually know too much about Quins mics, he’s got a heap of gear. There’s heaps of old vintage mics and shit.
What did you find most challenging and rewarding during the creation of Day/To/Day?
I think maybe in Again and Teach Me when I did heaps of different drum takes in different places because I wasn’t too happy with the sound, then it was most rewarding to finally get that right take in Ocean Grove.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Allah Las, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Amyl and the Sniffers, Adam Newling and Kylie Minogue
What do you like to do away from music?
Either walking around the backyard hitting things with a stick, working, relaxing or just driving around. Real hectic life.
Any shows coming up?
Yes we have 8 sold out shows coming up in Melbourne, might add a few more too.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2020 going into 2021?
Just play some, ah, sit down shows. Will be a bit of a new experience, a bit interesting.
Hopefully next year play some stand up shows again, and maybe release some more music. We’ll see what happens.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Right now I’m really loving ravioli, I haven’t had it in a while but it is really tasty. Because of the pandemic, my favourite place to hang out at the moment would have to be the front lawn in the sun.
Official Website: https://www.thegrogansband.
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