Making their return to 2021, Sydney indie rock/shoegaze four-piece Grids & Dots have released their new EP, What Happens To Friendships?. Based in Sydney, Australia, Grids & Dots is the melodic noise project of visual designers Daniel Handaru and Carmen Minikus, with Pat Hisshion on drums and Saskia Clapton on bass. With these new music releases, The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss plans and venues.

TF: You have a new EP out, what has the reception been like to What Happens to Friendships?

It’s been great so far! We’ve had quite a bit of coverage of our launch and our sound has been compared to Mac Demarco and Middle Kids, which is pretty interesting and cool! We also had one of our videos featured on Rage, which is the go to late-night music video platform over here, so that was nice as well.

TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?

We always wanted to create music with a lot of different textures to it rather than always hitting the one note; happy and melancholy, summer and winter, clamorous and fast but echoey and slow at other times – this is what our lives kind of sound like.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

A few different things! We’re actually jumping right back into the studio next month to record another handful of songs with our producer Wayne which we are really excited about, and then we’re taking a break while we welcome mine (Dan) and Carmens new baby into the world! After that we’ll be back with more gigs, more promo and to release our new EP later on in the year.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

We recently played a two-a-nighter at a Sydney venue called Waywards in Newtown, and played two short half hour sets. The crowds have been great everywhere we’ve played lately, but Newtown is like the cultural hub of Sydney and the crowd was especially responsive and fun, even though dancing is still off limits here from covid!. We played two sweet, brisk, noisy sets showcasing the EP, and it was as much fun as we’ve ever had. In a way I feel like we’ve found our identity now as a live band, and I can’t wait to play everywhere again after our break.