As you may or may not know, a Grawlix is a ‘a spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips’, whereas Grawlixes are a Wellington-by-way-of-Dunedin existential indie-folk pop band intent on inserting themselves into your brain with their intelligent, infectious songs about relationships and not being invited to parties. Continuing the great lineage of artists who bring sadness to their sprightly melodies, Grawlixes’s music often deals in the melancholy with self-deprecating honesty and beautiful boy-girl harmonies, sung by co-founders Robin Cederman and Penelope Esplin.
Grawlixes signed to Home Alone records, following an extensive European tour supporting now label-mates French for Rabbits. They released their debut album ‘Set Free’ in July 2017. It is available from ITunes and Bandcamp. Having recently expanded into a 5 piece, featuring Alex Vaastra on violin, Emma Minor on bass and Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa on drums. They are currently finishing up their follow up album, due to be released mid 2021.
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