We are very honoured to premiere the debut track from Eora/Sydney-based outfit GRXCE entitled ‘Pretty Boy’ – a driving track about superficiality and image delivered over a quiet/loud tone and singer Jamila Grace’s evocative, sardonic vocals that lay a soft velvet cloak over the scything guitars.
This is grunge pop at its very best – an impressive debut that indicates GRXCE have an eyebrow raising level of confidence and swagger backed by an impeccable songwriting talent. Grace says of the track:
‘Pretty Boy’ started as a very literal song. I was worried that I was too much for someone because they were stereotypically ‘cool’ and I didn’t really view myself that way. Over time I grew in confidence and the song became almost an ‘F U’ to people who believed they were ‘too cool’ to try in a relationship and give anything above the bare minimum. Then as soon as we sat down in the studio with Fletcher we completely changed the lead guitar hook to reflect how present-day Jamila feels when she sings the song. At the end of the day, it’s about being confident in who you are and not turning a blind eye to red flags just because you are attracted to someone physically.
The antithetical mix of vulnerability and defiance bleeds into every note of the song – yearning and reflective verses that are nudged aside by sky-scraping choruses and layered vocals that reverberate inside the skull:
‘Pretty Boy’ will be released worldwide on 7 October and you can pre-save here.
GRXCE will be hosting a single launch show at The Factory Floor in Marrickville, Eora/Sydney supported by local bands The Blue Tongues & Memory Motel – tickets here.
GRXCE is actually an expansion on a previous solo project from Jamila Grace. Band members are Alex Berger (drums), Emily Elvish (bass), Jonathan Amirzaian (guitar) and Freddy Zeater (guitar). ‘Pretty Boy’ was produced and mixed by Fletcher Matthews (The Buoys, Stumps, CLEWS) and mastered by George Georgiadis (Adam Newling, The Vanns, Tyne James-Organ).