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Grenadiers on how they prepare for tour

With spot-on guitar tones, frontman Jesse Coulter's characteristic whiskey'n'smokes growl, and an escalating maelstrom of fist-pumping, singalong punk-rock, Grenadiers are a live force to be reckoned with. We chat to Coulter ahead of their upcoming tour.

How are you found the reception to your third LP Find Something You Love and Let It Kill You so far? It's been pretty positive and it's nice to have it out as it took a lot longer than we’d hoped for. Ultimately the biggest satisfaction for us is having the album finished, and feeling good about it. Honestly, someone’s review is their opinion and if they want to hate on something we’ve done then that’s their prerogative and they are very welcome to it.
 
How’s tour life been treating you? We’ve done a lot of supports, ranging from four or five shows with Bad//Dreems and around 21 shows supporting British India. Those guys are really great folks and we played a lot of unconventional places like Dunsborough and Geelong, places that you don’t always get to go to, so that was a lot of fun. Then touring with bands like Unwritten Law and Millencolin, they’re bands we listened to when we were 14 years old and here we are touring with them. Playing in front of a crowd that may not have heard of you before and playing some big venues that you may not get the opportunity to play in – it’s just part of the whole experience, isn’t it?
 
Do you find that it’s a bit of a trip that you get to play with the bands that you listened to growing up? I definitely find that you build a good rapport on the road with these people, especially people with that punk-rock or pub-rock or rock‘n’roll background, don’t get to that heady ‘Look at me, I’m fucking awesome’ kind of status. They come from playing in people’s garages and house parties and then they come up and tour wherever they’re from, playing to fucking five people for years and then they grow into it. But it’s not actually that much of a trip to play with these guys and it comes from the fact we’ve also been going around and doing the touring thing for years. The more you do it the more you realise that anyone in any band are there, maybe not The Beatles, but if you’re selling 5000 tickets or 2000 tickets or 150, they’ve all done the same stuff. The only difference is the size of the rooms and the quality of the equipment. You realise that they’re normal people. 
 
How do you gear up to head out on tour? I do a lot of lifting with my right arm, namely stubby to mouth to table and there’s a bit of that pre-show too. There’s the three-beer-buzz, which I think is an essential part of the whole process and not to be underestimated. We’re out there playing a 40-minute song instead of three-minute songs and getting a bit sweaty and that’s pretty much it. We’re not over-thinking it.
 
What’s next for Grenadiers? We’re already hard at work on the next release. We’ve got a few songs written and we’ve demoed them and we’re working towards the next thing. We’ve been a little notorious for having big gaps between releases and we’re really endeavouring for that not to be the case for the next thing. We have no intentions in becoming the biggest band in the world, we just want to put out songs we think are really good, and keep going and keep playing to the people who want to hear it and that’s what we’re going to do.

Grenadiers will perform at The Eastern, Ballarat on Thursday February 8 and Workers Club on Friday February 9. Find Something You Love and Let It Kill You is out now.