Ask The Grizzled Mighty's Ryan Granger and Whitney Petty what it takes to make it as a rock band in Seattle and they'll give it to you straight: Hard work.
"We've played a lot in Seattle...it's hard to get noticed, because there are a ton of good bands," says Granger. But the Grizzled Mighty have, indeed, gotten noticed. Playing Capitol Hill Block Party, KEXP's Concerts at the Mural, Doe Bay Festival and Bumbershoot all in one summer, the pair has definitely been getting around.
The two-person band, who met over Craigslist two years ago, didn't intend to keep their numbers so small -- they'd initially dreamed of a four- to five-piece group -- but after playing together a few times, they realized that the smaller format worked perfectly.
"When I jumped on drums," says Petty, who used to play guitar for Deerhunter, "I was like 'Well, this is it.'"
"We got asked to play a show after another band dropped off the bill...and then about a week later, we decided that this format was just really working," singer/guitarist Granger adds.
Granger and Petty cut their self-titled first album in 2011. In February, they released their second, entitled "Thick Hand Grip." Both come from rock backgrounds, and say that the sound they've struck suits them just fine.
Since then, the two, who aren't signed to a major record label, have been busy recording, traveling and playing their loud, blues-inspired rock, all while managing their full-time jobs. Petty is a gardener, while Granger works as an orchid importer. And while they both like their day jobs -- Petty says she'd garden, anyway -- making a living off music is really the plan.
"The goal is to have music be the job," Granger explains.
Being independent also requires a lot more organization, says Petty, adding that one of their biggest wishes is to be able to have a bigger staff to help shoulder the logistics, like handling press requests and social media.
"We would have so much more music if we had the extra time!" she admits.
And while plenty of people think otherwise, both Petty and Granger are firm in the fact that they're not a couple.
"We're kind of like an old married couple," says Petty, adding that while they spend "every day together," music is the extent of their relationship.
Looking forward, the band has a few regional and national shows (including a performance at the CMJ Music Marathon) coming up, but after that, says Granger, they're going to "go into hiding" for a while to record a new album and, mostly, take some time off after such a packed summer.
"We need some time apart," laughs Petty, noting that all of the traveling and playing has been "awesome," but exhausting.
"People have been so supportive," Granger adds, "and we just want to keep doing this for as long as we can."
Catch the Grizzled Mighty with Motopony at the Tractor Tavern, October 12. For more information, check the band's Facebook page.