GROUSE BIO


Starting in San Francisco as a studio project, Grouse has recently emerged as an impressive, Ireland-based, 6 piece live band. Grouse is the work of Dublin native, Ronan Carroll, as an outlet for his electronic, dub and ambient influenced productions.  

The music of Grouse is atmospheric and cinematic, a place where guitars, violins and brass instruments blend with loops, samples and synthesizers.

It has been described as “spacey, hypnotic and chilled-out” (Hot Press), “surprisingly diverse” (Erasoul) and “rewardingly dreamy” (Smother magazine).

Over the years, Grouse main man, Carroll, has been involved with several different genres of music. He was a touring guitar player for many years in the US and he has composed music for short film and television.

His 2005 debut under the name Grouse, however, represented a shift from his live music background. Arming himself with a computer based recording studio, he began to make tracks influenced by the dubby electronic music he was listening to at the time.

The debut Grouse album, 'We Want To Be Loved', released in Spring 2005 with no great master-plan and almost no promotion received some positive press and, as streaming internet radio was beginning to take hold, unexpectedly found fans all over the world.

Pursuing other musical interests over the next few years, Carroll then moved back to his home town of Dublin before returning to Grouse to release the ‘Heads’, album in late 2012.

The music on ‘Heads’ is similar in its downtempo feel to, ‘We Want To Be Loved’, but the sound is a bit more abstract, cinematic and almost entirely instrumental.

Containing almost no samples, Ronan played most of the instruments himself.

Dan Hegarty of RTÉ 2FM listed the album as “one of the best of 2012” and John Diliberto of PRI show, ‘Echoes’ was another fan.

‘Heads Reworked’, an EP of ‘Heads’ remixes by Carroll himself and others appeared in April 2014.

Shortly after the release of the 'Heads' album, Carroll merged his live music background with his studio work and formed the Grouse live band. After recording an RTÉ 2FM session for Dan Hegarty, the band played its first gig at Dublin’s Camden Crawl in 2013.

Since then they have gone on to grace many Irish festival stages including Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Vantastival as well as playing their own headline shows.

Coming full circle, Carroll has recently released his third Grouse album, ‘Oslo’. This time he has reversed recent trends and produced a more sample heavy album. At least that’s how it started. In many cases, the samples are hard to spot as Carroll adds the usual flurry of live instrumentation. This album has a more jazzy, instrumental hip-hop feel while sticking to the mellow, atmospheric, downtempo associated with the Grouse sound.

(‘Oslo’ was released in May 2016.)

 
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