Starting as an insomnia-inspired side-project in San Francisco for musician Ronan Carroll, Grouse very quickly became the main musical outlet and passion for Carroll. Now, as he gets ready to release his 4th album (3 albums, 2 EPs, remixes, not to mention a 6 piece live band to the name), this has never been more true.

The music of Grouse is atmospheric and cinematic, combining organic and electronic sounds. It has been described as “spacey, hypnotic and chilled-out” (Hot Press), “delightfully quirky” (Golden Plec) and “gently psychedelic” (Ambient Music Guide).

Over the years, Grouse main man, Ronan Carroll, has been involved in an eclectic array of musical styles. He was a touring guitar player for many years in the US and he has composed music for film and television.

His debut under the name Grouse, however, represented a shift from his live music background. As, seemingly overnight, 4 track tape recorders gave way to the full “Electric Lady” in your home computer, Carroll realised the potential. He began to make electronic beat-driven tracks, adding live instrumentation which was influenced by the dubby electronic music to which he was listening at the time.

The first Grouse album, ‘We Want To Be Loved’, received positive press and, as interactive streaming was beginning to take hold, unexpectedly found fans all over the globe. The streaming figures for Grouse on Pandora alone are over 6 million.

The next few years saw Carroll release a series of more dance-floor-driven tracks on different labels under various monikers, all the while playing in working bands. After a move back to his home town of Dublin, he returned to Grouse to release the ‘Heads’, album in late 2012.

Dan Hegarty of RTÉ 2FM listed the album as “one of the best of the year”.

Shortly after the release of this second album, Carroll merged his live music background with his studio work and formed the Grouse live band. After recording an RTÉ 2FM session, the band played its first gig at Dublin’s Camden Crawl festival in 2013.

Since then, they have gone on to grace many Irish festival stages including Electric Picnic, Castlepalooza and Vantastival as well as playing their own headline shows.

Featuring live drums, bass, brass, percussion, guitar, vocals and members from all corners of the world, the Grouse live band tends to create an epic sound suited to big festival stages as well as the city’s rock clubs.

Third Grouse album, ‘Oslo’, followed in 2016 (‘album of the week’, Irish Times) with follow-up EP, ‘Also’, consisting of two tracks from the Oslo sessions, getting a release shortly after.

Now, in 2021, with music, globally, in an uncertain state, Carroll is getting ready to release his 4th Grouse album, ‘Interpolate’. This one is a more vocal-heavy affair, featuring several Irish singers, some of whom he has never met.

Though the album was started pre-pandemic, it was finished during the months of lockdown and will be released in October 2021.

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