Grievous Bodily Calm EP ‘Arc’ Launch Show

Perth-based, five-piece instrumental band Grievous Bodily Calm have shared their new EP ‘Arc’ and in celebration is performing the tracks live on Friday 11th Dec Barbes in Perth with support from Hyclass & The Ghoulies

Tickets are limited and only available on the night, so get in there quick – this is not a show you want to miss.

‘a transportive triptych that sluices together jazz, afrobeat, post-rock, and more’

The transportive three-track release was written, produced and recorded at home, seeing the band progress from their 2019 effort Repel with further experimentation in production, collaboration and instrumentation. The release coincides with a live music video for the title track ‘Arc‘, masterfully capturing the bands coherent brilliance.

On the EP’s title-track, the band share: ‘Arc explores different shades of melodic, energetic and emotive content. The tune was refined through numerous writing sessions and live shows, searching for ways to evolve parts and subvert obvious choices. The string quintet provides a texture we’ve always wanted to explore. We wanted to maintain the feeling of the part played live without recording it verbatim providing a different but complementary live and studio experience.’


Arc features a string quintet, modular synthesis, highly processed live instruments and group improvisation. The result is three tracks that strongly weave beautiful melodies, energetic rhythms and widely varied textures with a blurring of live, electronic and produced sounds. Through the process of producing and mixing the EP themselves, Arc is a true representation of GBC’s unique approach to instrumental music – the aesthetic of produced beats with the added dynamic of realtime improvisation and the excitement involved therein.

The five-piece have become renowned for their genre-blending signature instrumental sound and high energy live show infuses IDM, beat music and jazz improvisation with modern electronic production. They have shared stages with acts such as The Avalanches, Hiatus Kaiyote, Kaiit, Beach House and the legendary Mulatu Astatke as well as numerous festival appearances and sold-out headline shows off the back of their acclaimed 2019 independent release Repel – a melting pot of lyrical melodies and intricate beats with a focus on conveying emotion through expressive compositions. The release was highlighted by Bandcamp’s ‘New & Notable’ and nominated for Album of the Year at the 2019 Western Australian Music Awards.

2020 has already seen the band release two singles to rapturous acclaim: the multi-dimensional, shape-shifting ‘Sync Step‘ and the ecstatic groove of ‘Mosaic‘, with support received from Clash, COLORS, Earmilk, Bandcamp, triple j and a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist selection.