In a chance encounter at an Anthropophobiacs Anonymous meeting in South-West North Korea, Joshua Calligeros, Griffin Farley and Rowan Mount met for the first time. It is said that here they discovered their mutual appreciation of the masterpiece A Very Gregorian Christmas and hence decided to start a joint musical venture (however this is fiercely debated by the South Korean Immigration Dept.). Donning themselves the moniker Sincerely, Grizzly in honour of a young brown bear who took his own life amongst the political unrest of the Arab Spring, they relocated to Adelaide to play a brand of what can only be described as literature rock.
In three years together, the band have embraced the opportunities presented to them and have been rewarded in spades, with support slots for international outfit and key musical inspiration …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead (US), as well as interstate acts including An Horse, Violent Soho and DZ Deathrays, thanks to their ever-convincing live shows.
With the release of their double-a side single ‘21snakes&ladders’ in late 2011, Sincerely, Grizzly received strong community and national radio support (the former thanks to Amrap’s AirIt), were selected to play the Adelaide Fringe opening night party as a part of the FUSE Festival and toured both Perth and Melbourne.
On October 5, 2012, the band released their sophomore EP, ‘Doom and Gloom’ on 10” vinyl and digitally, via iTunes. Recorded by Aidan Moyse over two weekends at Twin Earth Studios, mixed by Tom Barnes in a day and mastered by Steve Smart at 301 Studios, the EP is “the sum of who [they] were and what [they] became while [they] wrote it over the last year.”
In support of the release, Sincerely, Grizzly embarked on their first national tour. Spanning the entirety of September, they played fourteen shows, six of them supporting The Medics on their ‘Foundations’ tour, two showcasing at BIGSOUND Live and the remainder playing their own headline ‘Doom and Gloom’ east coast shows.
A week on from its release, ‘Doom and Gloom’ has already received high praise. ‘Isaac’, the EP’s first single, was selected by Zan Rowe as her ‘Pick of the Day’ and subsequently received regular airplay on Triple J and the band Unearthed Artist Spotlight commendations. The same track has also been added to Tone Deaf’s mixtape and received funding for a video as a part of the Media Resource Centre’s Clip It! initiative, while the EP itself, like the previous double-a side single, has again been supported by AirIt.