It’s been hailed as one of the best albums of 2011. Not by one or two, but by several of the biggest hard rock websites in the world. The Soda Shop. The Obelisk. The Ripple Effect. Heavy Planet. Chybucca Sounds. Sonic Abuse and more. Captain Zen Beyond has called them “the best classic rock band around” and the album “brilliant without any weak points.” Classic Rock Magazine saw their brand of hard-driving rock to be fitting enough for one of their cover-mounted compilation CD’s. In 2011, Grifter took the hard-rock scene by storm with their new self-titled album of gritty, blues-based biker rock.
Now the world is taking notice! Hot on the heels of Metal Hammer’s proclamation that Grifter “will rock your ass ragged with change to spare!” 2012 is looking to build upon the tremendous groundswell developing around Grifter and the “rising from the underground” resurrection of hard-driving rock n’ roll.
As Grifter mainman, Ollie Stygall, puts it, “As for 2012. Obviously we have the Orange Goblin tour which is pretty major for us. We’ve officially been confirmed for the Desertfest festival that takes place in London from April 6th-8th in 3 venues across Camen and features bands such as Orange Goblin, Roadsaw, Black Pyramid, Leafhound, Truckfighters, Valiant Thorr, Gentlemans Pistols, Church Of Misery…etc.
“In May we head to the European mainland for the first time to play the Freak Valley Festival in Netphen, Germany alongside bands such as Colour Haze, Gentlemans Pistols, My Sleeping Karma. We’re also working on other European dates to coincide with this. And getting to work on the next album of course.”
The eleven track album Grifter is the band’s first full-length effort with Hard Rock specialty Label, Ripple Music, however, Grifter’s unique one-foot-in-the-gutter, Harley-rock first appeared on the Ripple roster with their dual contribution to the Heavy Ripples, Vol. 1 compilation released 2011 with the band contributing two barnstorming, high-octane rock classics!
Read the intense reaction to Grifter’s self-titled debut and check out the “Best of” lists for yourself.
The album and Heavy Ripples Compilation double 7″ are both available now at the Ripple Music Store, Amazon, CD Baby, eBay, and world-wide through Clearspot International in Europe, Code 7 Distribution in the UK, and soon available throughout North America through Ripple’s exclusive partnership with Nail Distribution.