As I started to write more songs and perform, I was talking to a friend about coming up with the right band name, and I said “it’s like grasping at straws! Oh wait!” and The Grasping Straws was born. The idiom ‘grasping at straws’ comes from an old proverb “A drowning person will clutch at straws,” meaning that a drowning person will grab at anything around to try to save themself, even a floating straw. It represents the hope and willingness to keep reaching out even when nothing is there. It evokes a sense of music creation as a survival instinct.
Our influence include: Jeff Buckley, Björk, Cat Power, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden/Chris Cornell, Alice in Chains, Grace Slick, Heart, Jeffrey Lewis, Phoebe Kreutz, Debe Dalton, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, St. Lenox, Deerhoof, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Stevenson, Led Zeppelin, Screaming Females, the Gits, Courtney Love, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Stevie Wonder, Funkadelic, Fiona Apple, Tegan and Sara, Van Gogh, Basquiat, Keith Haring, Angela Davis, and so many more