Seattle rapper, GRIEVES, returns to deliver his much anticipated, brand new studio album, ‘Winter & The Wolves’ through Rhymesayers label (Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Atmosphere, Brother Ali, MF Doom) .The insatiable, devil-may-care MC is well known for his meticulous exploration of life, love and loss, through a unique medley of hip-hop and soulful music. Together with B. Lewis, GRIEVES has created 14 new tracks, combining organic pianos and guitars with boisterous synthesizers, to paint a colourful backdrop for his unique blend of rapping and singing.
A man whose all time favorite records include the likes of D’angelo ‘Voodoo’, NOFX ‘Punk in Drublic’, Redman ‘Doc’s Da Name’, Willie Nelson ‘Milk Cow Blues’ and Wu Tang ’36 Chambers’, GRIEVES journey through music is a varied one. As he states: “I grew up around music. I never really got to put my own identity to it till around jr high which is when I was really into punk. I tried to be in bands and I probably cycled through every instrument before realizing that the “Band” thing didn’t really work out for me creatively… Hence me really enjoying the creative process of hip hop.”
“Growing up with a lot of blues and soul I have and always will be a sucker for a melody and or harmony. When I was submerged in punk music I noticed that a lot of my peers did not have such interests.. A lot of the stuff I found myself liking more was what they were calling pop punk (or whatever). I would say my favorites were NOFX, Bad Religion, Propagandi, Screeching Weasel, Afi and Anti Flag.”
A reflection on growth and maturity, ‘Winter & The Wolves’ is about the instinctual fight for survival. It’s about suddenly finding that you’re all alone, facing countless hindrances to your livelihood, and having the courage to overcome them all. Tackling difficult obstacles like addiction and heartbreak, GRIEVES wrestles with the realization that life doesn’t get any easier as you get older. His signature combination of humour and gloom culminate to depict the struggle of a man’s inner turmoil between abandoning the dreams of his youth, and carving out a new path for himself in this world.
GRIEVES emerged in 2007 with his independently released album, ‘Irreversible’, which served as a platform for several years of touring with some of indie-rap’s finest; Atmosphere, Macklemore