Rock / Alternative Rock /
Take a deep breath, feel the
burn? For four high school friends, this beautiful concentration
of smog and poverty is home. The tarnished horizon of Riverside,
California has served as a humble backdrop for GROUNDED ever
since their formation in late 1998.
Some people believe that everything you do in life affects
the world around you. Others argue that nothing really matters
and soon we will all be dead and forgotten. Perhaps both sides
are somewhat right. It is treading stubbornly through a slough
of such contingencies that GROUNDED has found their place.
Their music is crafted with care and frustration to bring
solace to the downtrodden and discomfort to the comfortable.
"Apathy is just so fashionable these days," says
singer Ian Barraza. "But I guess we've never been very
big on style." Drawing from the eclectic artistry of
those such as Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Rancid, Sublime, and Green
Day, GROUNDED embraces positive awareness laced with an edgy
After joining forces with indie-label Surprise Truck Entertainment
in 2003, GROUNDED recorded their first full-length, All-Too-Human.
The debut album was honored with BEST PUNK at the Orange County
Music Awards in 2004. Soon after, the band was featured on
Fox Sports Net for their involvement with the NOKIA CORE TOUR
in 2003 and 2004, which took them all the way to Jones Beach,
GROUNDED felt discouraged by the trash-metal/hardcore scene
that began to saturate their hometown. Instead of changing
with the wind, the band remained loyal to their musical foundations,
combining smart and honest lyrics with melodic harmonies,
driving guitars, and solid rock beats.
In January of 2005, GROUNDED recorded a second album called
Revolution Jukebox. With rejuvenated determination, the band
decided to hit the road, HARD! Between June of 2005 and June
of 2006 GROUNDED was on the road for over 8 months, hitting
9 states and provinces. They relentlessly toured the west
coast circuit and were invited to perform at the Quarterly
BMI showcase in New York City. GROUNDED’s DIY efforts
have earned them a strong grass roots following in many major
cities in the western United States. In addition to their
hard work on the road, GROUNDED charted on the C.M.J. top
two-hundred for several weeks in early 2006.
When the band returns from their latest 8-week tour they will
be playing on the Hot Topic/Kevin Says stage at the Vans Warped
Tour in Pomona, CA as well as other local venues. GROUNDED
will also be writing heavily until they hit the road again
in the Fall.
Ian Barraza (Lead Singer &
Nick Kramer (Backup Singer & Guitar)
Mike Folkerts (Drums)
Philip Norton (Bass Guitar)
Click here for an up to date list of shows (MySpace.com)
Spring Tour 2006: CA, AZ, NM, NV, OR, WA, Vancuver, BC
Fall Tour 2006: CA, AZ, NM, TX, NV, OR, WA, Vancuver, BC
(no info at this time)