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Ash Grunwald
- Trouble's Door

"Ash Grunwald’s latest record is a haphazard but deeply intriguing combination of various genres, beats and rhythms that are coupled with more potent lyricism than Grunwald usually indulges in, setting the record apart from his previous releases."

May 3rd 2012 | Label: Shock
Ash Grunwald's latest record is a haphazard but deeply intriguing combination of various genres, beats and rhythms that are coupled with more potent lyricism than Grunwald usually indulges in, setting the record apart from his previous releases.

The album opens with The Demon In Me which, with its heavy blues guitar and drum lines, strong vocals and flawless production, is a powerful opener. The pace quickens immediately with Shake, whose punctuated guitars and edgier vocal tone introduce the vast range of Grunwald's musical and vocal abilities. The tone of the album changes once again with the title track, Trouble's Door. This song features much deeper, less refined guitar sounds and raw vocals that give it an altogether darker feel. This change of tone is intriguing and the combination of powerful lyricism, strong vocal tones and heavy guitars make this track one of the album's standouts. This more sinister musical feel is continued in 180, but here is paired with more upbeat, catchy rhythms and heavier electronics later in the track. Vocally, the standout track is Ramblin' Man, which properly showcases Grunwald's wide vocal range over the top of slow, understated instrumental lines.

The closing tracks of the album, however, are its weakest. Outta Time feels somewhat less complex than the rest of the record and its unsteady melody and obscure vocals make it far less engaging. Similarly, the closing track, What You Had, is less catchy than the rest of the songs, largely because the melody and vocals seem an uncomfortable fit. While the closing moments are something of a disappointment, the record as a whole is incredibly satisfying for all of its diversity and intrigue as well as its musical and lyrical prowess.

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Thursday 18th September

Ash Grunwald

Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale

Friday 19th September

Ash Grunwald + Ian Collard + Eddie Boyd & The Phatapillars

Collector Hotel, Parramatta

Saturday 20th September

Ash Grunwald

Entrance Leagues, Bateau Bay

Sunday 21st September

Ash Grunwald + Marshall Okell + Good Oak + Mason Rack Band + more

Towradgi Beach Hotel, Towradgi

Friday 26th September

Ash Grunwald

Bramble Bay Bowls Club, Woody Point

Saturday 27th September

Ash Grunwald

The Gov, Hindmarsh

Thursday 2nd October

Ash Grunwald

Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle West

Friday 3rd October

Great Southern Blues Festival feat.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats + The Paladins + Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings + Kelley Rich Band + Backsliders + Bondi Cigars + Russell Morris + 3 Wise Men (Borich + Eastick + Manning) + Blue Heat + fDeluxe + Jeff Lang + 8 Ball Aitken + The Perch Creek Family Jugband + Ash Grunwald + Sandi Thom + The Detonators + Great Southern Blues Festival

Smyth Oval, Narooma

Friday 3rd October

Ash Grunwald

Miranda Hotel, Miranda

Saturday 4th October

Great Southern Blues Festival
Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings + Rick Estrin & The Nightcats + The Paladins + Backsliders + Bondi Cigars + Kelley Rich Band + Sandi Thom + The Detonators + Ash Grunwald + Great Southern Blues Festival

Smyth Oval, Narooma

Sunday 5th October

Wildwood feat.
Ash Grunwald + Kooyeh + Aya Larkin + James Bennett + Galleri + more

Cassegrain Winery, Fernbank Creek

Thursday 13th November

AMWE presents
Ash Grunwald + Digging Roots

The Hi-Fi, Melbourne

Thursday 1st January

Basin Concert Series feat.
Xavier Rudd + Ash Grunwald + more

First Basin, Launceston

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