Hailing from Boise, ID, Storie Grubb has been making waves with his lo-fi rock sound made in his own bedroom. His latest record The Void Struggle speaks to Millennials and Gen Z who are experiencing the quarter midlife or midlife crisis symptoms that feel like a growing spiritual hole that keeps stretching and contracting interchangeably.
Grubb kicks off with a survival anthem “shine” where he accepts our own mortality, but also embraces our sense of defiance towards it. “but we can’t die tonight no way” he chants. If there’s a refreshing message that Grubb delivers is that our own existential struggle is not always with ourselves, but with external circumstances. And part of our journey to overcome it is by surviving those obstacles as depicted in “hold me down.” In fact, Grubb actually welcomes loneliness as a safe space in his gauzy, edgy track “solitary life.”
Through dreamy riffs, Grubb gives us a sense of renewal in his new track “washing away.” The same kind of upbeat moodiness is present in “ancient applause” where Grubb goes back to the past. Whether Grubb is looking forward or backward, there’s an undeniable sense of moving on that is present throughout the record. In “harness the moon,” he reflects on the post-high hangover that we face when “the boredom is off and the drugs are gone too.” But despite the emotional weight, he reminds us to move on.
The cheery melancholia in the record is what makes The Void Struggle both soothing and empathetic. In “reach for the sky,” Grubb help us take a raincheck from the hectic pace of life through downtempo melody. The same kind of escapism is present in “all abroad” where Grubb chants to someone to “take me away take me today.”
The penultimate anthem “truce” has the densest riffs where the smashing drumbeats and crashing synths where Grubb’s vocals burst with lyrics “save us from the truth / there’s no use in having proof.” The final track “heat o’ the moment” finds Grubb in a bolder and more confident position where he encourages us to speak our truth. “I once had nothing to say about these fears / now I’ve found that some things are worth their pull oh the heat / of the moment.” While The Void Struggle doesn’t offer the answers to our own existential holes, it does help us grow with it by surviving it. In short, it’s a survival kit album that offers edgy DIY tracks that feel personal and nail our emotions through on-point simplicity.