- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2016


Aussie indie rockers The Griswolds swung through Washington’s 9:30 Club this unseasonably cold weekend and banished winter with an upbeat, high-energy performance that left this concertgoer feeling as re-energized as if she had just returned from an Australian beach vacation.

With help from New York City synthpop band Panama Wedding and indie rock duo Magic Man!, The Griswolds threw a beachworthy party with their catchy dance tunes that put them in the same music vein as festival favorites MGMT and Walk the Moon.

The foursome from Sydney got the audience smiling and clapping along immediately, bursting onto the stage over Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” From then on, it was nonstop beats.

The quartet built on the pumped-up crowd’s energy with lively banter, a birthday singalong for drummer Lachlan West and some swinging dance moves by frontman Chris Whitehall that left the neon-red-haired singer tangled in power chords throughout the set.

The Griswolds delighted with old favorites from their debut album, “Be Impressive,” including dance hits “If You Wanna Stay” and “Beware the Dog.”

The band also gave the crowd a glimpse of more dance tunes to come, with new songs that kept the fun going with more retro, funk-inspired beats.

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