Montreal, Canada (1988)
| Marc Saint-Maurice (1988-1999)
Todd Wircham (1999 - 2004)
Alain Vadboncoeur (1988-2009)|
Vincent Peake, Joe Evil, Franz Schuller, Ben Shatskoff
Fieldtrip, Autumn Flowers – Rerolled, Exotic Blend, Fires Under the Road, Meltdown
GrimSkunk is a rock band from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with punk, rock, progressive and world music influences. Its style is self-described as "world punk" It is regarded as being part of the foundation of the Quebec "alternative" scene, having influenced many young musicians and bands.
The band integrates many languages into its songs, such as French, English, Spanish, Greek and Persian. It has also integrated many styles of music, including punk, hardcore, reggae, progressive and psychedelic rock, ska, rap and world music.
Over the years, the band shared the stage with many established acts such as System Of A Down, Meshuggah, Manu Chao and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as peers Anonymus, Vulgaires Machins, Deadly Apples and The Sainte Catherines.
GrimSkunk was formed in 1988 from a previous hardcore group known as Fatal Illness. GrimSkunk played its first show in April, 1989. The band's first demo album, Autumn Flowers, was released two years later, in April 1991. Along with Groovy Aardvark, the band was among the first "alternative" bands to tour Quebec, thus creating a market for this genre.
In the first years of GrimSkunk's career, cannabis was always very present in the band's image. Hemp leaves were on their CD covers, and references to cannabis could be found in the albums' names (Autumn Flowers, Exotic Blend), in their songs' titles (Zig-Zag), and in their lyrics ("Pourquoi, pourquoi ne pas fumer? / C'est ben légal de boire", Why, why can't we smoke / Isn't it legal to drink?). The band's name itself is an allusion to skunk cannabis.
The band's second album, Meltdown, was released in 1996.
In 1997, GrimSkunk members founded an independent Montreal-based record label, Indica Records. From then on, all of the band's albums were released on that label, which also helped to promote local alternative bands.
In that same year, the band's longtime manager and friend, Simon Gallipeault, was killed in a "hit-and-run" longboard accident involving a car. The band became self-managed with Franz Schuller as the main "mouthpiece". The 1998 album, Field Trip, is dedicated to Gallipeault and his voice is sampled before the track "Live for today".
The bass guitarist, Marc-Boris St-Maurice, left in 1999 to become an activist in the marijuana legalization movement, founding the Bloc Pot and the Marijuana Party of Canada. Todd Wircham replaced Saint-Maurice for a few years. He has since been replaced by Vince Peake, the former Groovy Aardvark singer and bass guitarist.
The band took a break in 2000 after the singer, Joe Evil, suffered serious burns from a fire in his apartment.
In 2002, the band released its seventh album, Seventh Wave, which was not well received by certain critics and fans who did not like the musical change in direction.
In 2002, GrimSkunk performed its first and only unplugged show in Saint-Roch Church in Quebec City.
In 2006, the band released Fires Under the Road, which marked a return to the sound of the earlier albums.Franz Schuller - rhythm guitar, vocals
Joe Evil - keyboard, vocals
Ben Shatskoff- drums
Vincent Peake - bass guitar
Peter Edwards - lead guitar
Marc-Boris St-Maurice - bass guitar (1988–1999)
Todd Wircham - bass guitar (1999–2004)
Alain Vadeboncoeur - drums (1988–2009)
Autumn Flowers Demo (GrimSkunk Productions) 1991
Exotic Blend E.P. (GrimSkunk Productions) 1992
Rooftop Killer 7" (GrimSkunk Productions, L'Oblique, en Guard Records) 1993
Grim Skunk (Indica Records) 1994
Meltdown (Indica Records) 1995
Autumn Flowers - Rerolled (Indica Records) 1997
Fieldtrip (Indica Records) 1998
EP 2000 (Indica Records) 2001
GrimSkunk Plays... Fatal Illness (Indica Records), 2001
Seventh Wave (Indica Records), 2002)
Live + DVD unplugged (Indica Records), 2003
Fires Under the Road (Indica Records), 2006
Set Fire! (Indica Records), 2012
Mange d'la mardeAutumn Flowers – Rerolled · 1997GrimSkunk Wikipedia
Gros tas d'mardeFieldtrip · 1998
Le Gouvernement SongeMeltdown · 1996