WORDS: OTTO BALFOUR | PHOTOS: TANNER
Fresh off the back of their most recent tour supporting Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, alongside playing a few headline shows of their own, Canadian duo, Cleopatrick are proving they are a force to be reckoned with. The past decade has seen a huge rise in two-piece bands; Royal Blood, Death From Above 1979, DZ Deathrays, Drenge, Lightning Bolt, Haggard Cat… The list goes on and on, and all of which are part of a resurgence of the White Stripes mentality:’ We have everything we need, why would we need more?’ Cleopatrick are quickly working their way up that list. In conversation with front man and guitarist, Luke Gruntz, Discovered chatted fresh off the back of their February UK run.
“…BY THE GRACE OF THE UNIVERSE SOMETHING HELPED ME PULL THROUGH THE LAST GIG…”
“This was the best tour we’ve ever done,” Luke began, “Ally Pally compared to our headline shows was a super hyperbolic moment, although we did feel pretty at home. It was really amazing to see how many of our fans came to that show for us. We had a pretty insane mosh going throughout and Ian was joking that it was the size of one of our headline shows surrounded by 9700 other people.” For any band on the precipice of breaking through, let alone in a new territory halfway across the globe, it is an overwhelmingly mind-blowing time. “I was sick for the majority of this run but by the grace of the universe, something helped me pull through for that last gig” at Electrowerkz, Islington. A show not soon to be forgotten by those present. The 250 capacity venue exerted a visceral anarchy conducted by Luke, yet a palpable chaos that was so natural to each audience member, it was as if it were rehearsed. Bodies flew off the stage into a pit that had been raging since supporting act, Ready The Prince’s set, and did not stop until curfew.
“I’M PROUD OF THE ENERGY THAT THESE ROOMS AND CROWDS HAVE FOR US.”
Now back comfortably in Cobourg, Canada, the band are settling in for “a run of Canadian dates with Grandson… and then we’re going to record our debut LP.” Luke said casually. As it has been almost a year since they released any new songs, and played three new belters at their headline shows, it is a long time coming for the boys to put out some brand spanking new tracks. Planning to come back after the release of the album, Luke explained “We are really focused on maintaining this special little vibe we have going on. We want to grow but never at the expense of the scene/culture we have at our shows.” And what a scene it is. The New Rock Mafia is a collective of bands begun by the duo and other bands they are local to and friends with, much like a rap or hip-hop collective. Rare to find in the rock world, collectives are proven to give rise to scenes globally. “Fuck the fakes, NRM forever” Luke mentioned with a passion. He continued “I’m so proud of the energy these rooms have, and our biggest goal is keeping that sacred. We want to put out the debut LP, tour the world, reach all those neglected people in our instagram comments, and keep building the NRM up too; giving kids a real, honest guitar music scene for people to belong to.”
With the ever sincere tone synonymous with Cleopatrick, Luke concluded by saying “Thank you to those who are reading. If you like our music, go listen to Ready The Prince, and Zig Mentality. NEW ROCK MAFIA FOREVER!”