Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Grand Head was formed in 2015, and consists of two brothers, Barry Brusseau (guitar/vocals) and Tim Ward (drums). The band formed as a result of a singer songwriter asking Barry to work out an arrangement to one of his songs, and perform it at the songwriter’s upcoming CD release show. Barry said yes and worked out a heavy arrangement to the songwriter’s folky electric ballad. He then asked Tim to back him at the performance. This re-united the brother’s, and soon after they began working on a set of songs they could take into the studio, which would lead to their debut LP release at the beginning of 2016.
In Barry’s spare time, he’d been working on some drawings. The sketches he was creating were all “head shots”, copied from Justin Hampton’s comic Twitch. He didn’t think much of his drawings, but Tim liked them and kept telling him they could use them as the artwork for their records. Thus the name Grand “Head” was born. That is why you’ll find that their album artwork consists of drawings of heads.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We’re no good at describing our music. In fact, descriptions we have used in the past, have all came from just asking our friends and fans to describe us, and in a way we think that is probably the most accurate way to describe the band. Most often you’ll hear people compare our sound to The Melvins, Black Flag, Venom, Celtic Frost, and even a little Poison Idea.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Because we’re honest, genuine, passion felt music that is heavy and cathartic as fuck. We don’t play it safe and aren’t interested in trying to sound like everybody else. All the fat has been trimmed out, resulting in a straight forward uncompromising sound.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We released our debut album at the beginning of 2016 on Barry’s own independent label Gorbie International. The record reviews have been good ( for record reviews go to http://grandhead.com/grand-head-music-news-events/ ). A song from the record was put in Issue 272 of Terrorizer’s magazine Fear Candy CD. We were also featured on The Shriek’s from below podcast, as well as a Fistful of Doom podcast.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We play live, once or twice a month. We hope to do a tour sometime this year, and in the future hopefully come over to Europe.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
It’s the music!! Get a hold of a copy of our album. Look at it. Open it, listen to it. This is what we are about. You have to understand the essence of the band. Sit down with us, interview us, have a cup of coffee with us. Come see us play. Let’s make this a human experience. For us, we aren’t too focused on becoming rock stars. It’s no fun to take this approach, and usually a colossal waste of time. If you dig what we do, let us know. Let’s do something genuine together, and we’ll be proud of.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We are putting out a 7” record titled “Melting the fuse”, and plans to start writing material for our next full length album is in the works. Tim bought a video recorder that has external XLR jacks with phantom input, so were going to start recording as much live performances as we can.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Main spot to go and get our music is on bandcamp at: https://gorbieinternationalrecords.bandcamp.com/album/grand-head
Also, if you go to our web page at grandhead.com and Enter, you’ll find links to You Tube, Spotify, and BandCamp at the top of the page.
You can also message us on Facebook and we’ll respond to getting you music.