Skip: Vocals & Harmonica
Past Projects: The Rebuilts, Little Elvis, The Monos
Freight Train Dane (Dane Didier): Drums
Past Projects: The Timothys, Tillie's Punctured Romance
Graff: Guitar & Vocals
Past Projects: The Rebuilts, Haymarket Riot, Blue Sky Major, Secret 7, Figurehead, Altered State
Lemonie Fresh: Bass & Vocals
Past Projects: Judy Priest, The Riveters, Eva Grubb
Formed in August 2013, The Grovelers were a project conceived by life long friends vocalist Skip and guitarist Graff. They quickly added Dane on drums and bassist Lemonie Fresh.
Based out of Milwaukee, WI, The Grovelers are a high energy rock & roll band with a scorching original sound that draws influence from late 50’s rockabilly, early 60’s garage rock and 80’s punk rock.
Bassist Lemonie Fresh strolls onstage, takes her pink purse from her shoulder and sets it down. She could have been walking into a Riverwest coffee shop. Except she straps in for The Grovelers' performance Tuesday at Summerfest’s Uline Warehouse.
The Milwaukee band offered a set of songs that were short bursts of adrenaline, as evidenced by the blood vessels showing in singer Skip’s neck. His heavily reverbed Elvis-from-Hell vocal stylings are the immediate tipoff where this band has dug its roots. It has been written that Rockabilly shall inherit the Earth, and The Grovelers sound intent on carving out a chapter.
It is always interesting to witness how a local band used to playing local bars with substandard public address systems adapts to a big outdoor stage. The Grovelers easily met the challenge, aiming their garage sound beyond the last row and out into Lake Michigan, before the skies darkened and Mother Nature offered up her squall.
“We also like to puke out the classics,” said Skip before the band launched into Ray Charles’ “Night Time is The Right Time.” They also delivered thoughtful recitations of standards “Please Give Me Something” and “Muleskinner Blues” for the agricultural portion of the set.
Nearing the end of the show members of next act Good Boy Daisy walked across the stage, looking down their noses in disdain as guitarist Graff stomped on a nasty fuzz box. It was obvious the Grovelers were doing something right. - Blaine Schultz | Shepherd Express | July 02, 2019
Show Review: The Storm Before the Storm—Controlled Chaos of The Grovelers
"Subtlety isn’t among The Grovelers’ strong suits. But good for them! Otherwise, the Milwaukee quartet’s animated blur of rockabilly with ’60s and ’70s punk wouldn’t be nearly the audacious thrill ride they make it on their second album, Cream City Nights. Singer Skip (most Grovelers don’t bother with last names) puts his comically snotty lyrics through many elongations and variations à la Lux Interior and Mojo Nixon.
But, as evidenced by a catholicity of influence that allows for howling harmonica and echoes of ghostly surf guitar, the band reconfigures mid-20th-century underground roots rock to their own manic ends. And when they do approach nuance, when bassist-singer Lemonie Fresh begins one number in the manner of a lonesome country weeper, soon enough the proceedings revert back to cacophony."
- Jamie Lee Rake | Shepherd Express | June 11, 2019
The Grovelers: Cream City Nights Album Review
"Alt-country stalwarts The Bottle Rockets were supposed to have opened for (Shooter) Jennings, but one member’s family emergency allowed crazed Milwaukeeans The Grovelers to pick up the slack. Where aggro rockabilly, pummeling surf rock, snotty garage punk and vein-popping punk of the hardcore variety converge is where the band’s sweet spot lies. They mined that epicenter with giddy, intense vigor through a slew of skewed tunes. Lead singer Skip played his occasional harmonica solos into the earpiece of a rotary telephone’s handset for a goofy gimmick (though perhaps of some practicality, as his mouth harp is on the small side), while mutton-chopped guitarist Graff showboated like an adrenalized peacock. They made for a fun prelude to what would have already been a fulsome evening of music."
- Jamie Lee Rake | Shepherd Express
Show Review: Shooter Jennings Shared His Individualistic Take on Country
"A fine slab of screaming rock n roll" – Jenny of Leopard Print Lounge | 89.9 WORT Madison, WI
"If you’re looking for subtlety in your music—poetic and tender lyrics, intricate and feather-light instrumentation—The Grovelers are not the band for you.... perfectly sleazy rock and roll. Looking for subtlety? Get in the van and look somewhere else."
- Matt Wild | Milwaukee Record | July 14, 2015
Derelicts and Screw-ups CD Review
"The Grovelers at Kochanski's: Finally, finally, finally got out to see this band, and I'm glad I did. Lemonie Fressh is the bass player here, and she's been in a pile of good bands,but sometimes it takes a while to find the right band for the right player, and this is it. Her melodic but psychedelic style and sensibilities are exactly the right fit for this band, and this is the right band for her: this really neat combination of garage trash and Americana (I don't want to call it country, but maybe it is), played by people who have also heard of Devo and the Residents. They're set for a triple bill with Couch Flambeau and Go Go Slow (another band that's on my "why haven't I seen them yet?" list) later this month. I can't wait. "
- Veronica Rusnak | The Sixth Station Blog
The Bagg End Bar, West Bend WI
The Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
Circle-A Café, Milwaukee WI
Kochanski's Concertina Bar, Milwaukee WI
Linneman's Riverwest Inn, Milwaukee WI
Newport Shores, Port Washington, WI RADIO
Buzz's Garage, 91.7fm WMSE, Milwaukee FESTIVALS / EVENTS
Center Street Daze, The Impala Lounge Stage, Milwaukee WI
Pleasant Valley Auto Show, Saukville, WI
Have Shared A Stage With
The Crank Daddies - The Sugar Stems - Winter Bear - Dog House Flowers - Crazy Rocket Fuel - Couch Flambeau - Tim Cook & The Riverwesterners - The John Burk's Band - F/I - The Dick Satan Trio - Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine - The Rattle Can Kings - The Hullmen