Are you, are you violent? Though the reckless, raucous sound of Chicago duo Grapetooth might suggest otherwise, the band was born out of a mutual love for ‘80s Japanese new wave, the weirdo sentimental pop of Arthur Russell, and a good bottle of cheap wine.

Clay Frankel and Chris Bailoni met in 2012 through mutual friends, but it wasn’t until 2015 when they started making music together that a real friendship formed. Bailoni, a producer releasing music under the moniker Home-Sick, eventually crossed paths with Frankel, the singer & guitarist for rowdy Chicago indie stalwarts Twin Peaks. After a night of drinking red wine, Twin Peaks’ tour manager Peyton Copes bestowed upon Frankel the nickname “Grapetooth” – and as they say, the rest is history.

Over the last couple years the duo has only released two singles – the disco-blissed “Violent” and the synth-jamming earworm, “Trouble.” In an ideal world, Grapetooth would come complete with headsets instead of mics. The band’s ‘dance til you drop’ performances around Chicago are the stuff of legend, leaving venues with wine-stained floors and/or holes in the ceiling. For those living outside of the second city, who’ve been waiting patiently to hear more from the group, Grapetooth is now hard at work putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated, sure to be rambunctious Polyvinyl debut, expected late this fall.

Tour Dates

  • Grapetooth
Concerts by


  • Trouble (3:11)
  • Violent (3:36)
    Jackson James & Chris Bailoni