I had a stack of fun hanging out with the Grizzlee Train duo. Best mates, Josh Dufficy and Brandon Dodd began busking all over the Central Coast in 2008. Grizzlee Train have a sound of modern guitar, raw percussion wrapped with vintage blues.
Since officially launching in late 2013, the pair have won a stack of awards, including being crowned winners of the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition, beating a line up of talent from all over the country to take home the top prize. They were also runners-up in the prestigious 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships and were crowned winners of the 2014 Central Coast Home Grown Acoustic Awards.
Not many 20 year olds can say that they have toured both nationally and internationally! The energetic pair have shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest blues and rock acts, including national icons The Angels and Jimmy Barnes. During 2015 they toured as part of the Kasey Chambers band, playing to sold out stadiums and audiences of up to 50,000 people, along with performing in theatres supporting the likes of Kenny Rogers and The Eagles.
The band is described as: “a tight band – very well rehearsed and performed, excellent musicians, and nice raw, young, foot-stomping blues and roots, with a hint of Americana/country influence. Definitely good at getting a crowd pumped and dancing!”
“A truly dynamic duo, they blend an old school core with sharp new-age kicks – a stripped back firing of raw energy and honest music.”
Q: How would you describe your music for an audience that had never seen you before?
A: Raw, stripped back, romping and stomping blues/rock with a few jungle vibes thrown in.
Q: What can people expect to see at your show?
A: While every show is different and unique, people can always expect to see us having a ball on stage playing high energy music. At the end of the day, we’re doing what we love and we like to think that people can see that whenever we play live.
Q: If you could only describe your music in three words, what would those words be?
A: Loud. Energetic. Dirty.
Q: What are your songs about?
A: We love telling stories. We’re only twenty years old, so we haven’t had a ridiculous amount of life-changing experiences to write about. There’s been a lot of times where writing songs has helped us through various stages of our lives, but luckily we haven’t had too much hardcore stuff happen. So, a lot of the time we tell tales about other people or sometimes even ones we’ve just made up ourselves.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge for your group?
A: I guess the main challenge we’ve always had has been trying to create a big sound with just two band members. We often get asked why we don’t just get a bass player or add other musicians to our act. From day one we’ve done things as a duo and it’s something we’ve always loved, mainly because it makes us unique. We know each other’s musical styles so well, throwing another player into the mix could almost throw us off! So while creating a full-sounding two-piece act is a challenge, it’s one we embrace and one we love trying to get past.
Q: If you were able to sit under the table and listen to any two people speak, who would it be?
A: Probably Paul and Ringo.
A: Well aside from potentially hearing some untold Beatles stories, if we were sitting under the table we might be able to sneak a couple of EPs onto their laps and hope that they’ll like them!
Q: Lastly, who should we be listening too?
A: Can we be super self indulgent? If so, us!