Lifelong best friends since the age of 4, Luke Gruntz (guitar/vocals) and Ian Fraser (drums) are cleopatrick. And while they are from (and still based) in the tiny town of Cobourg, Ontario, their sound is anything but small. A quick listen to their single “hometown” reveals devastating riffs and hip-hop inspired grooves. But closer inspection exposes the core of their mission: to restore the outspoken provocation of rock & roll through raw, abrasive honesty.
cleopatrick has shared a new video for their single “hometown” which touches on what it’s like to grow up in a small town feeling like you don’t quite fit in. The clip, put together by the band, is a love letter to our pre-Covid lives of going to a show and getting into the pit. “This video is a montage of some of the best nights of our lives. There was a really strange sense of irony that came with putting this new visual together. There’s an incredible contrast between who we were when this song was written vs who we are now — and it’s all thanks to this song,” Gruntz explains.
The band also announces their first official vinyl release: a limited edition 7” single of “hometown” with cover art hand-stamped by the band. The vinyl single will be released on November 20th, and is available for pre-order now at the band’s newly-launched webstore.
All of cleopatrick’s success has developed from their parents’ basements in a small town you’ve never heard of. Yet while their homebase may be a small dot on the map, their community is large. Along with two other like-minded-artists (Zig Mentality and Ready The Prince), the band formed the loose DIY collective “New Rock Mafia” as a means to offer support to one another. Together the group provides location based info, curated content and organizes secret events / shows within the community, all for members only. It has been instrumental in helping the band get the word out while keeping a familial feel and a safe space for fans.