A trio of Brett White (vocals/guitar), Marcus Gonzales (bass) and Possum (drums), Gren formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in the spring of 1994. Two of the songs featured on their first four-track demo cassette were then included on I.R.S. Records’ Six Sided Single compilation, a series that highlights unsigned talent. IRS duly offered the group a contract, resulting in the release of French Fries Optional in 1995. Produced by Tim O’Heir (Sebadoh, Belly, Dinosaur Jr) at Fort Apache Studios, it was promoted by a support slot on the Ramones’ US tour of that year. The record’s youthful bluster and catchy pop punk sound prompted immediate comparisons with Green Day and Rancid.
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