Grubstake is:


PW McHugh - guitar, vocals, bass, claps

Dave McMullin - drums, vocals

John Coursey - violin

Stanislav Ostrikov - occasional vocals, songwriting

miscreant associates:

Charlie Mayer - accordion, hooter/melodica, vocals

Steve NOTV - drums, percussions & objects, claps, glockenspiel, microphones

Rocket1000 - drums, backup vocals

Lex Marburger - electronic interphasings

 

Grubstake has been a longstanding underground presence in the East Coast scene from Boston to Philadelphia for the past 10 years, garnering praise from local zines (The Noise, The Deli, PA Musician) to regional mainstream (Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe) and alternative press (>Philly Weekly, Philadelphia Citypaper, Boston’s Weekly Dig , Boston Phoenix). They’ve been well received by radio & digital dj’s, showing up in the mix on stations like Philadelphia’s WKDU 91.7fm and XPN2 (as well as live sessions at both), DJ Shred on WBCN Boston, MIT’s WMBR, KXLU in L.A., KFAI in Minneapolis, WPRB Princeton, and Jon Solomon’s influential podcast Local Support, as well as many others all over the country.

new release "ANYHOW": The group paid meticulous attention to not being meticulous in their recording process. Much like their previous records, Grubstake produced and recorded ANYHOW on 8-track cassette tapes in their living rooms and rehearsal spaces across the eastern sea board. The sound channels a guerilla-style Guided By Voices feel.

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PRESS

 Grubstake is a punk band in the truest sense of the word.Not that they play simple three-chord songs with buzzsaw guitar distortion and no solos-there's some of that, but not much-but on a deeper level they embody a kind of DIY ethic that doesn't worry too much about, y'know, sound quality or musical proficiency. Violin, accordion and toy piano aren't exactly staples of the punk aesthetic, and their inclusion should let you know that you're not entering typical Ramones/Bad Religion/Blink 182 territory. "The Great Escape" kicks things off with murky guitar noodling and a marked absence of power-chord bashing, which is taken up in subsequent tunes like "Spirit of Dublin" and "Telephone Message from Cadillac Franky Z."

- PopMatters


"It’s a bit of this and some more of that and the final product comes out with a thud and a whiskey grin."

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Touching on a musical variety that places their footprints in garage, blues, folk, grunge, etc., Grubstake has created a house-blend, which has been battle-tested over the past decade or so. The band has the ability to stampede the stage playing steady-rolling unadulterated straight-ahead blues complete with PW McHugh’s vocal growl, while being able to turn on a dime to showcase rootsy folk with the authentic touch of violin. It’s a bit of this and some more of that and the final product comes out with a thud and a whiskey grin. Grubstake will be celebrating the vinyl release of Anyhow tonight at MilkBoy Philly. Also joining the festivities are psych-rock power trio Satellite Hearts and indie popsters Early Ape. MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9:30, $8, 21+ (READ FULL ARTICLE)

- Michael Colavita | The Deli Philadelhia, 9/29/12


"Although Grubstake’s sound ranges from alternative baroque folk to harmonica-and-fiddle blues, there is an unmistakable punk ethos in their music and their methods."

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Although Grubstake’s sound ranges from alternative baroque folk to harmonica-and-fiddle blues, there is an unmistakable punk ethos in their music and their methods. The trio recorded their latest album Anyhow, released last November, onto 8-track cassettes in living rooms up and down the east coast while paying “meticulous attention to not being meticulous in the recording process.” Tomorrow the underground punks will re-release their 2011 LP Anyhow, but this time it’s on vinyl. The 21+ release show is at MilkBoy Philly at 8:30 p.m. with Satellite Hearts, and tickets are $8 here. Grubstake has also posted a few of the tracks from Anyhow on their Bandcamp as free downloads, so make sure you grab them here after listening to “Spirit of Dublin” below. (READ FULL ARTICLE)

- Julie Miller | The Key (xpn.org), September 28, 2012 | 1:45 PM


This is not only post post-punk, it's post post post post-punk. It's so post-everything it sounds like Paul McCartney having a lazy writing session with Jandek and Tom Waits.
- Roctober


"None of that ultra cool hipster shit going down here...What's the Point in a New C.D. Anyhow is a pure upbeat experience delivered with a sense of humor.

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Grubstake - What's the Point in a New C.D. Anyhow (CD, Nine Mile, Pop) "These guys play fun, upbeat guitar-driven pop/rock. You can tell by the energy on this album that the main emphasis is on having a good time playing. None of that ultra cool hipster shit going down here...What's the Point in a New C.D. Anyhow is a pure upbeat experience delivered with a sense of humor. While the bulk of the album consists of originals, the band also includes covers of "I Wanna Be Well" (The Ramones) and "History Lesson Pt. II" (The Minutemen). Our favorite tracks include "The Great Escape," "The Guy Who Doesn't Get It," "Spirit of Dublin," and "Slowlo Astronaut (Safe Return)."

- BabySue


"I recommend this album to anyone into the underground scene or looking for something different than the typical mainstream rock release (in a good way), it will not disappoint."

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A longstanding band in the East Coast's underground scene, Grubstake release a gritty and punk era reminiscent album with "What's the Point in a New C.D. Anyhow". The lo-fi analog home recordings give a dirty feel to the songs, which tend to use a wide variety of instruments such as fiddle, toy piano, and accordion, while still remaining centered around guitar. Tracks such as "I wanna Be Well" (a Ramones cover) show the bands punk side, whereas "Vurdalak" shows the bands adventurous side through accordion and chanting vocals that remind one of a pub song. The simple but driving guitar riffs are the focal point of many songs and are very enjoyable to anyone who enjoys their share of punk. I recommend this album to anyone into the underground scene or looking for something different than the typical mainstream rock release (in a good way), it will not disappoint.

- WRUV 90.1fm, Vermont


For those of you unfamiliar with McHugh, he’s a deliciously gnarly storyteller and a brusque singer and the Grubbies are always up for a damn rough good bad time as the groove drifts from skiffle country swing to pounding rawk out.

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"Speaking of rustic and not elegant (that's fine): Grubstake, Paddy Wax McHugh's accordion-fueled pub-punk cabaret act (think Pogues meet Black Lips) has a new album Anyhow that gets a release bash at Tritone Nov. 18. For those of you unfamiliar with McHugh, he's a deliciously gnarly storyteller and a brusque singer and the Grubbies are always up for a damn rough good bad time as the groove drifts from skiffle country swing to pounding rawk out. Go man go." (READ FULL ARTICLE)

- AD Amorosi | Philadelphia City Paper/Ice Pack, November 17, 2011


"Rock, pure and simple: that's what longstanding band Grubstake is delivering with their newest record, Anyhow."

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With a new bit of grit thrown into their mix of lo-fi analog home recordings, their repertoire now includes some old-time-like tunes and a cover of two older bands (i.e. Ramones and The Minutemen). Things are quieter on the album (for the most part), and they obviously are not competing for the same audience as The White Stripes, but the band is still able to grab your attention with their rock'n ways. Track 4, 12, 5 and 8 are keepers.

- WLUR 91.5fm, Virginia


"P.W. McHugh and the rest of Grubstake deliver a brilliantly twisted blend...and it manages to improve with age."

- The Deli Magazine Philadelphia


"Named for an arcane mining term, Grubstake have been hammering out mud-caked guitar-drum blues for about a decade now...McHugh's been around long enough to know when to throw a monkey wrench into the works".

- Philadelphia Weekly