The Grunts
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The Grunts

Cork, Munster, Ireland

Cork, Munster, Ireland
Band Alternative Rock


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos


The best kept secret in music


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Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Grunts are:

Liam O’Shea – Lead Guitar/Lead Vocals
Audrey Barrett – Bass Guitar/Vocals
James Spillane – Drums

Formed over 5 years ago The Grunts have steadily become one of Irelands most respected Indie/Rock bands. Taking their influences from early U2, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure and The Pixies, the bands live performances have earned them great reviews and a loyal following.

Releases to date:

1. A track for the sound track of a snowboarding movie for Switch Films in Sweden (2005).

2. A track on the album Rewind, featuring Damien Rice and the Frames. Currently on sale in HMV record shops in Ireland.

3. A track on ‘Happy Birthday Jesus: The Freakscene Christmas Album’ by Freakscene Records, released in Ireland. Available to purchase in HMV Cork, Plugd Records Cork, Road Records Dublin and online at

4. The Grunts released their 1st EP, ‘Every Strange Trip’ in July 2008, which received extensive play, locally in Cork on Red FM and 96FM and nationwide on Today FM and 2FM. The EP also had air play on XFM in London.

5. The Grunts released their 2nd EP called ‘Crawl right Back’ in May 2009. It received an excellent review from Alison Curtis Today FM.

6. The bands 3rd EP, ‘Party Weirdo’ was released on Feb 13th 2010 and again received extensive air play on Red FM and Today FM.

7. The band are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, set for release in September, which will be promoted with a nationwide tour and gigs in London.

The band has had a very busy couple of years and the main highlights included:

TV/Radio Appearances

The Grunts got to the finals of ‘Deisc Roc’, shown exclusively on TG4 UTV. This also included a video which can be seen on our website.

Irish Radio interviews appearances have included Limericks 95FM with John Prendergast and Corks Red FM with Ashley Keating.

London XFM has interviewed Liam, as the front man of the band, live on radio.

Recently, both Alison Curtis and Dave Couse have played our EP ‘Crawl Right Back’ on Today FM.


Supporting gigs include:

Sultans of Ping (Irish Nationwide Tour 2007)
Delorentos (Irish Nationwide Tour 2007)
Nina Hynes (Cork and Dublin 2008)

Headlining venues include:

Crawdaddy, Eamon Dorans and Whelans, Dublin
Róisín Dubh, Galway
Dolans and Bakers Place, Limerick and The Granary, Killarney (2008)
The Roundy, Cyprus Avenue, An Crúiscín Lán, The Crane Lane Theatre, Cork

Since the beginning of 2009 the Grunts have made a strategic move to concentrate on playing gigs in London and have, since March, played Tommy Flynns, Camden and The Good Ship Kilburn, London as well as playing the Cosmic Festival in Colchester at Easter and Madame Jo Jo’s in Soho Sept 2nd.

New York Tour (16th – 19th June 2009)

Venues included:

Thrash Bar, Brooklyn
Arlenes Grocery, Manhattan
The Bowery Electric, Manhattan

As of June 2010 the band remain unsigned but are considering offers.