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Song You Need to Know: The Grogans, ‘Just a Kid’

The first piece of new music in a year, “Just a Kid” sees The Grogans discussing adolescent nostalgia and the uncertainty of the future.

Melbourne trio The Grogans have returned with their first taste of new music in 12 months, sharing the infectious surf-rock anthem “Just a Kid” today.

Having been on the scene for over five years now, the trio – comprising best mates Quin Grunden, Angus Vasic, and Jordan Lewis – quickly found a rapidly-expanding fanbase thanks to their ability to blend the genres of surf, punk, blues, and even reggae into alluring tunes that feel custom-made to soundtrack the summer.

Releasing their latest album, Day / To / Day, back in 2020, the group have now emerged from a bit of downtime across the last year to share their latest single, “Just a Kid”. Equal parts slick and powerful, the surf-rock tune captures the classic Grogans sound, complete with an anthemic chorus, mesmerising guitarwork, and lyrics that speak to nostalgia, adolescence, and the impending arrival of what’s on the horizon.

“I find it fascinating how quickly life is changing at the moment and I couldn’t really articulate it in a ‘serious’ song,” explains Grunden. “Being a kid is so sick but you don’t entirely realise that until you’re older, I guess that’s what this song is all about.

“I’m trying to really embrace this confusion in between the changes and grasp the idea of getting older.”

With “Just a Kid” officially released today, The Grogans will also be issuing the track on a limited edition 7″ single. Pressed on transparent red vinyl and packaged with a bonus B-side, vinyl delays are set to see the single formally released early next year, though pre-orders are available now.

Meanwhile, The Grogans are also set to spend the first months of the incoming new rather busy, with a number of shows booked already, including a rather fitting spot supporting Hockey Dad on their upcoming east coast tour. Check out the full tour details below.

The Grogans’ “Just a Kid” is out now via Cousin Will Records, with physical copies available for pre-order now.

The Grogans Tour Dates

Friday, December 31st, 2021 (Sold Out)
NYE on The Hill
The Farm, Gippsland, VIC

Supporting Hockey Dad

Friday, February 4th, 2022
Beer Deluxe, Albury, NSW

Saturday, February 5th, 2022
UC Refectory, Canberra, ACT

Friday, February 11th, 2022
Regent Theatre, Wollongong, NSW

Saturday, February 12th, 2022
Marlin Hotel, Ulladulla, NSW

Sunday, February 13th, 2022
The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Friday, February 18th, 2022
Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Saturday, February 19th, 2022
Bowlo Sports and Leisure Yamba, Yamba, NSW

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
Seabreeze Hotel, Mackay, QLD

Thursday, February 24th, 2022
Magnums Hotel, Airlie Beach, QLD

Friday, February 25th, 2022
Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville, QLD

Saturday, February 26th, 2022
Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Thursday, March 3rd, 2022
The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Friday, March 4th, 2022
Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Thursday, March 10th, 2022
Pier Bandroom, Frankston, VIC

Friday, March 11th, 2022
Barwon Heads Hotel, Barwon Heads, VIC

Saturday, March 12th, 2022
Torquay Hotel, Torquay, VIC

Sideshows

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 (Rescheduled)
La La La’s, Wollongong
Tickets: Moshtix

Thursday, February 10th, 2022 (Rescheduled)
Crow Bar, Sydney (rescheduled)
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Great Escape Festival
Gordon River Road National Park, TAS