Grenon - 10 Questions Music Interview
Punk inspired pop-rock band GRENON are a bunch of teenage kids from the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire. With too many feelings, their outlet is music. The band is comprised of Kacie Grenon (lead vocals/guitar), Nick Turgeon (lead guitar, vocals), Zachary Stone (drums), and Spencer Gregory (bass, keys, vocals). You can check them out everywhere @Grenontheband
10 Questions Music Interviews caught up with Kacie (the band's front woman) for some intriguing Q & A.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
To be blunt, I started writing music to cope with my feelings so that I didn’t want to die all the time. I had a really rough time in school, specifically in middle school. I was different and a lot of people apparently didn’t like that. I just started writing down things that I felt and things that I wanted to say to someone, but couldn’t cause I’d probably get punched in the face. What started out as my own personal therapy diary turned into a bunch of my (arguably crappy) first songs.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? Ah man. Our fans are equally as weird as us, so crazy stuff happens all the time. Our shows (or our live-streams now that we’re all quarantined) are wild. People have shown up in shark costumes and have thrown beach toys AND dog toys onto the stage before. Another time, everyone in the crowd randomly sat down on the floor and started rowing. Yes, rowing. We also signed a pair of jorts (jean shorts) one time and I’ve signed a few boobs… that all belonged to men.
What has been the high point of your music path?
We got the opportunity to play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a couple times. That was pretty sick. But I have to say that the plans we're making for what's to come might reign superior...
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It all starts with an idea or a theme, which usually comes to me at the most inconvenient times (like when I’m in the shower or when I’m about to fall asleep at 1am or when I’m in the middle of a conversation). I’m a very visual writer, so I like to think about what I would want the music video/album cover and overall aesthetic to look like. Then I just kinda write down everything I’m feeling about the subject, rip my hair out a little, and then we have a song!
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge facing indie artists right now is the COVID-19 pandemic we’re in the middle of. Everyone in the industry has had to completely adapt to different ways to interact with fans and make money, but this situation is especially hard for independent bands like us who are trying to reach more people and increase their followings because we can’t do all of the traditional things that would help us do that, like touring and meeting people face to face.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Paramore. Hayley Williams is badass and she would soooo much fun to share a stage with.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? 100% controlled chaos.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
We have a song called “Too Much Panic! Not Enough Disco” that was really hard to write. Our management wanted us to write a party song, and that song was our third attempt, so there was a bit of pressure there. We scrapped it a few times and it took us a couple weeks before we got the final product. And even then it's not really a party song cause it's about social anxiety and how much we DON'T party.
What's coming up in the future?
We have a single called “Imaginary Friends” coming out on May 1! It’s basically an anthem for the lonely cause it’s a song about being left out and having no friends. It's the first single off our debut EP "mental hell[th]" and you can pre-save it now :)
Tell us where fans can access your music?!