Hellgrammites is a family band from Denver, Colorado consisting of brothers and cousins. The group likes to play music that invokes emotions not normally meant to be felt by an audience. Lehi Petersen (guitar, vocals, keyboards) states:
“Music traditionally addresses a limited range of emotions; happy, sad, angry, etc. We want to address feeling, emotions, and issues that people don’t feel comfortable talking about. That’s why we call ourselves discomfort punk. There are so many fucked up things in the world that everyone chooses to ignore on a daily basis. We want to bring those things out through our music.”
Hellgrammites incorporate characters and costumes into their live performances as well. With characters Mr. New Booty (Erik Petersen), Jaundice Bukkake (Lehi Petersen), Dr. Hartacus (Troy Ten Eyck), and Arete (Jared Petersen), the members take on a stage presence that is entertaining, provocative, fun, and uncomfortable all at the same time.
It’s easy to fall in love with the ‘Hellgrammites’; if you ever get a chance to talk to these guys, you’ll find yourself hooked within seconds. In a night filled with witty banter, uncomfortable innuendos, and distressing outfits we get the opportunity to meet Erik Petersen (vocals, guitar, and bass), Lehi Petersen (vocals, guitar, keys), Troy Ten Eyck (bass, guitar) and Jared Petersen (drums, percussion). These guys aren’t your typical band who have spent so much time together that they are practically family. They actually are family. Lehi, Jared and Troy are brothers and Erik is their cousin so finding a band was probably easier for them then your typical musician. Nevertheless, the sound that comes out of these guys is second to none not only in the Denver music scene, but in the music industry as a whole. When the ‘Hellgrammites’ took the stage at The Marquis Theater on Friday night in Denver, Colorado, they outright demanded the audience’s attention with the first chord they played, and held everyone on the edge of their seats straight to curtain call. The energy that this band emanates when they play is contagious and easy to get lost in. It’s clear that these guys are not only in this for the shock value and the music; they are brilliant, funny, and well-spoken in their craft.