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For other similarly named articles, see The Grubbels (disambiguation).
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THE GRUBBELS THE GRUBBELS IF YA BUCK WE WON'T TROUBLE TO RESIST THROWIN FISTS WHILE YA SIFT THROUGH THE RUBBLE

The Grubbels, or The Grubbles, is Xefros and Dammek's quasi-revolutionary underground punk/rock band. The two-piece outfit features Xefros as the vocal lead through a heavily-autotuned microphone (which renders his words utterly incomprehensible), and Dammek on both drums and guitar, while also functioning as the studio mixer. The Grubbels are one of the few known examples of Alternian music culture.

The name is a portmanteau of "Grub" and "Rebels", reflecting the adolescent age of its members and the revolutionary themes in their music. The alternate spelling "The Grubbles" is also sometimes used (as well as being the title of their real-world EP), with Dammek being indecisive and changing the name of the band back and forth several times.

As well as being a fictional band in Hiveswap, a real-world EP by veteran Homestuck and Hiveswap musician James Roach has been released under the name of the band, as well as posters and other merchandise on the What Pumpkin Store. "The Grubbles" EP was made available on bandcamp and also as a free download for Hiveswap's Kickstarter backers.

Group profile Edit

XefrosMicrophone

The fateful day when Xefros received his autotune microphone from Dammek.

The band was formed after Dammek gifted Xefros a handmade autotune microphone one 12th Perigee's Eve, informing him that 1. he'd started a band, 2. Xefros was the singer, and 3. that his voice could use a little work.

Dammek appears to be the main driving force behind the band, adopting a persona of "Percussive machismo", while Xefros describes his persona as being "'skittish', as if [he's] vaguely terrified of the implications of [his] own pseudo-revolutionary rhymes". This is not without good reason, as the Grubbels' frequent lyrical themes of class uprising and lowblood rebellion are more than enough basis for execution under the Alternian regime.

The Grubbel's music generally concerns the caste struggles of lowbloods within the highly stratified class groupings of the Hemospectrum. Their lyrics discuss the struggle of their respective castes under highblood tyranny, and advocate for violent uprising against the highbloods and the Heiress in particular. These themes carry through to the image the band seeks to adopt; one Grubbels poster features Xefros and Dammek posing in butler uniforms, in order to "subversively transform the rags of their oppression into the fatigues of the revolutionary through their jams", although Xefros questions whether these costumes might make them hard to be taken seriously.

Discography Edit

See also: Music Albums#The Grubbles

The Grubbles Edit

The Grubbles

"The Grubbles" EP cover and logo.

The somewhat-confusingly-titled Grubbels EP "The Grubbles" is a five-track release of music by the almost-titular band. In the real world, the tracks were composed by Homestuck music team member James Roach, who, along with Toby Fox, was also responsible for the rest of the Hiveswap soundtrack. The EP was released on September 14th, 2017 at the same time as Hiveswap: Act 1. Hiveswap's Kickstarter backers could download it for free.

Lyric videos for two of the songs were posted on the offical Homestuck youtube channel, written entirely in the new Alternian alphabet. This is helpful, as due to the excessive autotuning and digital processing of Xefros' microphone (an intentional choice to avoid depicting a canonical voice for Xefros), the words of the songs are otherwise entirely incomprehensible.

The track list for The Grubbles is as follows:

  1. Broom Temperature ♫ (01:58) (Lyric video here)
  2. Frondly Warning ♫ (02:19) (Lyric video here)
  3. Ghost Mound ♫ (02:02)
  4. Every Single Grievance ♫ (01:11)
  5. Get The Horns ♫ (02:15)

Known song lyricsEdit

Broom TemperatureEdit

Drop to your knees, but come back up swingin
Not just a broom but the truth that we're slingin
Low and dirty
Show y'all how to bring the hurt we
Have been hurt often

About now, I bet you're askin
Who are these punks
Or maybe you think
We should fetch you a drink!
Well in low-blood fashion
You can suck my chitin chunk
Dammek is bronze and burnished
I'm just the rust
Try to test our mettle
And when the dust settle
Your regret will be earnest
And your blood spilled to stain
The dust

Drop to your knees, but come back up swingin
Not just a broom but the truth that we're slingin
Drop to your knees, but come back up swingin
Not just a broom but the truth that we're slingin
Low and dirty
Show y'all how to bring the hurt we
Are hurt by the highbloods

Blood boils
Blood boils

Drop to your knees, but come back up swingin
Not just a broom but the truth that we're slingin
Drop to your knees, but come back up swingin
Not just a broom but the truth that we're slingin
Low and dirty
Show y'all how to bring the hurt we

Frondly WarningEdit

(Translated from the Alternian by Ulli Neller)
You pose, all gold and gleaming
A ten dressed to the nines
Spongeclots deaf to our screaming
And to the changing times

Stay swimming in your mentions
Too cold to feel what's coming
Why do we mask intentions?
All you hear is drumming, drumming

Drumming, drumming, drumming, drumming
Drumming, drumming, drumming
Drumming, drumming, drumming, drumming
Drumming, drumming, drumming

Don't bother looking for us
As if you ever would
Just jam out to the chorus
As if you understood

We sing a song of freedom
The best track is the last
Liner notes, hey, did you read them?
We sang your epitaph

Blood boils, blood boils
Blood boils, blood boils
Blood boils, blood boils
Blood boils, blood boils

Baby queen of calamari
Gonna fry and dip you
Way too late to say you're sorry
Way too late to fix you

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Many of the Grubbels posters seen in game were also available on the What Pumpkin Store. Interestingly, while the version of the "Butlers" poster in the game features text in the new Alternian alphabet (reading "The Grubbels"), the one in the What Pumpkin Store featured the same text in the old Daedric alphabet instead.
    • As the new Alternian alphabet replaced the Daedric alphabet sometime during Hiveswap's development (for copyright reasons), this might mean that the version available on the store was an older version of the poster from before this switch was made.
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