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Ukrainian math hardcore punks RAW GRIP teasing new EP with new killer track “Survive”

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A little over a year since our special feature on Ukrainian dark screamo act ELEPHANT OPINIONS, we’re back with some more noteworthy tunes, this time brought to you by RAW GRIP, a relatively new screamy math punk / hardcore band, who are on the verge of the release of their sophomore EP dubbed “Kaleidoscope”. Today, the band joins us for an exclusive single premiere, EP artwork reveal and their special commentary below!

“Kaleidoscope” EP will be out on several small, but very cool DIY labels, with more details to be announced soon.

Asked about the backstory of their project and the new release, the band says: “We are all from Ternopil, a city in Western Ukraine. We started this band around 2015-2016, firtsly as a nameless project without any special plans for the future. After a certain amount of slowly written material with only two instruments – bass guitar and drums, we had the idea to develop it into something more than just recording on a dictaphone in rehearsal rooms. We invited our friend Andrew for vocalist duties. This added some emo vibe to our duo, and after hesitating a bit, we decided to continue without a guitarist, as all the material at that time was written only by the rhythm section. In this way, we formed a trio.”

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RAW GRIP live!
Photo by Kadra

We recorded our debut album β€œImitation” in 2017 at a local studio, which was recorded in the shortest time possible and without any studio tricks, after which the nameless project became β€˜Raw Grip’.

Since the release of the first album, the band managed to play dozens of shows all over Ukraine, with a bunch of great bands such as ЀРН, Puőča, White Ward, RenΓ© Maheu, Dogs have no Hell, Dreadnought in the Pond, and many many more. “We also managed to go on a European tour with our Kyiv friends no-jazz trio H.Soror.” – they say.

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Photo by Andriy Lushpak

“The recording of the next release was constantly delayed due to the participants being involved in other projects and bands, as well as work and just everyday routine.” – continue RAW GRIP.

“But last summer we started recording new songs and this time the approach was a bit different – everything was recorded in our rehearsal rooms, where we used to create our material. We were interested in making the most of the equipment we had and what we could borrow, at the same time trying to keep DIY aesthetics in sound.”

“πΎπ‘Žπ‘™π‘’π‘–π‘‘π‘œπ‘ π‘π‘œπ‘π‘’” 𝑀𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 π‘Ž 𝑓𝑖𝑣𝑒-π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘π‘˜ π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘™π‘’π‘Žπ‘ π‘’, π‘™π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘” 𝑠𝑖π‘₯ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘Ž β„Žπ‘Žπ‘™π‘“ π‘šπ‘–π‘›π‘’π‘‘π‘’π‘ , 𝑖𝑛 π‘€β„Žπ‘–π‘β„Ž 𝑀𝑒 β„Žπ‘Žπ‘£π‘’ 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑒𝑠𝑒𝑑 π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘£π‘–π‘ π‘–π‘œπ‘› π‘œπ‘“ π‘π‘’π‘›π‘˜ π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘šπ‘’π‘ π‘–π‘ 𝑖𝑛 π‘”π‘’π‘›π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘™.

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RAW GRIP live by Andrew Fesenko @kadr_da
RAW GRIP live by Andriy Fesenko, @bloodpain

Asked about possible ties to their future debut album, they admit: “This is, to some extent, the next part of our debut full length album, but the lyrics have become more rigorous, and in the musical sense, we have changed a lot.”

Raw Grip – Kaleidoscope EP cover & tracklist:


1. Shell
2. Waiting
3. Creation
4. Survive
5. Timeliness

RAW GRIP live:

Video by Vitaly Kaluzhskyi.

Be sure tocheck out the newest groovy, wicked album from SLOPE! Out March 12th, 2021, on BDHW Records:

SLOPE - new groovy hardcore album out now on BDHW Records!

Karol KamiΕ„ski

DIY rock music enthusiast and web-zine publisher from Warsaw, Poland. Supporting DIY ethics, local artists and promoting hardcore punk, rock, post rock and alternative music of all kinds via IDIOTEQ online channels.
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