Grindcore is a pretty extreme genre of music that surfaced in the mid-1980s. If you took hardcore punk, thrash metal, crust punk, industrial, and noise rock, and threw them all in the oldest, rattly blender you had, you’d get grindcore. It’s definitely an acquired taste, and not one that you would think a 68-year-old grandma would not only rock out to, but thrive in.
When you take age gap into consideration, music is one of the first major differences that come to mind. If I turn the radio on nowadays, I often catch myself turning the steering wheel into the opposing lane at the same time just to make it stop. Grindmother has definitely bridged that gap and then some.
It all started when she went to her son’s recording studio to provide backup vocals (read: screams) for his band, Corrupt Leaders. It became clear that she had a knack for it, which led to her starting her own band with her son and releasing the single History Repeats that has been seen millions of times worldwide, earning her fans all over the world, which includes a huge following in Japan.
Check out their live rehearsal video below:
She caught the attention of many celebrities, one of which was Ozzy Osbourne, who tweeted her video last year.
What the fuck?https://t.co/EWphagyskD
— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) November 3, 2015
Her popularity has risen steadily, and she and her band are now preparing to go on tour. Her friends don’t quite appreciate the music as much as she does, but it sounds like they’re supportive of her rise to fame.
She even did an interview recently on Canadian television. When she’s not screaming her lungs out, she sounds like any other grandma does. Who knows what hidden talents they’re all hiding from us.
The appreciation isn’t one way, either. She’s very thankful that her fans have accepted and encouraged her music.
You’ve all shown Grindmother so much love. Proof to people my age of what a great, welcoming bunch the metal community really is!
— The Grindmother (@thegrindmother) December 9, 2016