Art rocker musician singer songwriter GRICE hails from South London where he sometimes attended Croydon Art College. He started his musical voyage as a percussionist and drummer in a number of outfits and later on stepped up as guitarist and frontman of underground post punk bands (Cocktail punks) before moving to a dilapidated Georgian mansion (Swanston House) in deepest darkest Devon. He quickly developed into a prolific singer-songwriter and as such he recorded and performed his songs with his bother as The Burning Martyrs, The Martyrs and Swanston before refining his work as a solo artist under the monicker of GRICE.
Since 2012 he has built his reputation with his debut album Propeller which was shortlisted in the MPG Awards. The release of his second album Alexandrine and The Grey of Granite Stone EP have rewarded him with critical acclaim in left field and progressive art rock circles, plus the opportunity to collaborate on his own terms with instrumental and production luminaries such as Richard Barbieri, Steve Jansen, B J Cole, Raphael Ravenscroft, Hossam Ramzy, Gary Bromham and more.
His music has featured on BBC 2, BBC Worldwide, MTV, Sky and he has garnered airplay on Radio 6 Music (Tom Robinson), BBC Introducing and digital radio stations all over UK, Europe and USA. His albums have received highly positive reviews from UK & European press including The Musician, PROG magazine, Eclipsed Rock Magazin and iOPages.
GRICE has performed in select venues over the past years including art centres, theatres and churches, he has supported Banco de Gaia and has appeared on the same bill as Art Brut (State of the Arts event) and Public Service Broadcasting and Baka Beyond (Oktoberfest). In 2013 he made an impromptu stage appearance on the premier performance of the track 'Naked' from 'Not The Weapon but the Hand' with Richard Barbieri & Steve Hogarth (Marillion) at the IB Expo in Sweden. In 2015, GRICE and his band made a whirlwind visit to Berlin to deliver a masterclass and live performance at dBs Music Academy in Friedrichshain ahead of an exclusive gig at Berlin's Culture Container. In March 2017 GRICE supported Richard Barbieri as a part of a short UK tour in Birmingham, Exeter and at Hoxton Hall in London,
In March 2019 he released his 3rd album ‘One Thousand Birds' recorded at his own studio (Sound Gallery studios in Exeter) and also recorded and mixed at Forward Studios in Rome. The album features the unique electronic sonic hand of Richard Barbieri on the title track and on 'La Foresta Assente’. One Thousand Birds is characterised by the artist’s return to an analogue warmth incorporating wire, wood and strings with an emphasis on the song, assisted by the involvement of long term musical collaborator and close friend Fred Ehresmann on keys and pianos, Eliza Carew on cello, violinist Steve Bingham (No-Man) and Italian musicians Marco Maggiore (drums) and Luca Calabrese on freeform trumpet. There are contributions also from Steve Jansen (Japan, Exit North).
The result is ‘a bitter-sweet electro-acoustic winters symphony for the unconsoled’
GRICE will be promoting his new album through live performances in Exeter, Bristol, London and Scotland with special guests there will also be a few dates in Europe and some unique live streaming sessions from the studio.