Meet Grimm Twins – the pulsating five-piece set to shake up 2020.
The Macclesfield quintet have garnered a reputation for their storming live shows and feverish brand of punk.
Their set at the historic Notting Hill Arts Club in June was that good it got them signed to the venue’s brand new label, which aims to give a platform for rising stars.
They've already picked up support from Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, and Radio X for self releases singles I Don't Care and SEXCESS and join Birthday Card and Jesse Wong on the label.
Tilly Morris, who plays on keys and synths, said the venue is “one of the best we’ve played so far” and that it’s a “privilege to be the label’s first release”.
They marked the release of Summer of Love – the label’s debut release – with a huge headline set, gracing the same stage as the likes of Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and The Libertines.
Alongside Tilly, Grimm Twins consist of twin brothers Harry and Joe Ward, Will Taylor on bass, and George Cole on lead guitar.
Their day jobs consist of working at McDonald’s, coach driving, being a postman and in the fashion industry.
But Grimm Twins are ready to put that to one side at take the UK music scene and beyond by storm.
Daily Star Online caught up with the band ahead of their captivating set to find out more about their hopes, how they formed, and what it’s like to be on the Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings label.
Hi Grimm Twins! Who are Grimm Twins and how did you all meet?
HARRY (points at Will): We met in the womb, we’re the twins.
WILL: We grew up on the same street.
JOE: We met Tilly at nursery.
GEORGE: We were all born in the same hospital!
You’re all from Macclesfield. What was it like growing up there and how has it formed you as musicians?
WILL: Growing up you don’t have much to do in Macc (Macclesfield) so it was always like playing music. It was an escape really.
JOE: We started playing relatively young. We were in one band and George was in another so there was a bit of a rivalry. We did battle of the bands.
GEORGE: We would always be competing against each other but we ended up in the same class together and started to make friends. Our first love was skateboarding. It was a way of seeing friends and you would congregate in one area. It was before mobile phones you’d know someone was going to be at the park so you’d go to the park. I guess skateboarding just graduated into guitars.
HARRY: The Tony Hawks games!
JOE: There’s a tweet by Kanye West which said said the Tony Hawk soundtrack did more for music than the Beatles! We’d go to gigs together. Me and George were in a jazz band in high school. There’s quite a few venues in Macclesfield to go to. We just played pubs in our old band and gradually went to better things.
GEORGE: When we graduated it was more what are we going to do. We need to take this a bit more serious to try and do something. Now we want to make something of it.
JOE: We wanted to make the best band in Macclesfield so we got them all in.
WILL: We started rehearsing in a piano warehouse with some lads. We kind of got together and started writing pop songs, Logic songs, demos. Trying to find our sound.
How could you describe the Grimm Twins sound?
JOE: It’s definitely intense. It’s loud.
TILLY: The lyrics are very much about our surroundings.
HARRY: I’m the lyricist. I write about our surroundings, social media and stuff like that I guess. Whatever’s around. The new single is uplifting. We want people to jump up and down, have a good time and come out smiling.
What music are you into? Who are your influences?
JOE: We enjoy watching bands. Tilly’s quite modern in her music tastes.
HARRY: Our first gig was Oasis at Heaton Park which is nearly one of the best.
JOE: I know the Hives have been going quite a while. They do put a show on. Franz Ferdinand put a show on. We all went to see Four Tet the other night.
GEORGE: We’re not post-punk consciously.
JOE: It’s important for us to be impactful, put on a show. I don’t know how you can’t be loud, a bit punky and aggressive without being impactful as a band.
What’s it like performing live? What are your shows like?
JOE: It takes a while. We did the Bluedot Festival where New Order and Kraftwerk played. That was the first time we filled a tent – proper filled! We were s****** ourselves!
WILL: That was a big moment. You can play gigs anywhere but that was the first real response to our music.
You’re launching single Summer of Love through Notting Hill Arts Club Recordings – the label's first release too. What does that mean to you?
JOE: It’s great. We are thrilled with it. I’m surprised anyone gave a toss about us. You see bands in London play gigs all the time, like in the Finsbury or whatever, the Windmill in Brixton, but we did play Notting Hill Arts Club in June and that’s how it happened. It’s unbelievable. We didn’t come in expecting anything. Something blew up on the stage
HARRY: My vocal pedal blew up! The first song was a bit of a shambles but we played better.
What’s the story behind Summer of Love?
HARRY: It was in first band practise. It was the first song we wrote. It’s not particularly about something or someone. I’m just talking about someone or myself. It’s a love song. It can go wrong. I got the title from the library at MMU (Manchester Metropolitan University). It was an art book that said summer of love on the cover. That’s how I got a degree. That’s why I went to uni!
JOE: I was reading about R.E.M and Losing My Religion. Michael Stipe was like the best songs are where everyone can think "yeah that’s me".
What’s the Manchester music scene like at the moment?
WILL: It’s non existent. Manchester’s so legendary for music but there just doesn’t seem to be much. Everything is getting knocked down and turned into flats and you get people making noise complaints. We are quite lucky to have played at the venues we have.
Would you consider moving to London?
WILL: We can’t afford it.
JOE: The sun shines brightly in Manchester! Maybe we’re amateurs for not moving down.
HARRY: We do know people who have done.
What’s the ultimate goal for Grimm Twins?
JOE: There is talk of other releases and a vinyl release in January. That’s a dream as well. It’s like “hi grandma, here you go”.
WILL: That’ll be another one to tick off the bucket list. We just want to play more and do more touring. Releasing more music. More vinyl.
GEORGE: It’s more just about getting out and playing. It’s so important.
HARRY: Foals have toured their arses off. They’ve got a nice little thing going on now. Idles have done the same, I guess that’s what you want really. It’s better than flipping burgers.
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