The "grumpy video vault"

Sing about the grumpy, rave about the snarky.

Grumpy Kitty Boy keeps in touch with his singer-songwriter roots through making videos of selected written songs in their early stages. It's all done with piano and voice, away from the bleep bloops of synth/retro pop.

Dive deep into the vault below! #NoShame

Sanctuary

by Grumpy Kitty Boy
recorded on June 2, 2021

Thoughts: As I was writing this song, the big news in Canada came about discovering the remains of 215 Indigenous children in a residential school mass gravesite at Kamloops, BC. The school was shut down in 1978. Forcibly separating native children from their families and erasing cultural identities, Canada's legacy of residential schools continues to ripple through today—the last school was shut down only in 1996.

And so this song came out as it is. We ask bystanders: "How could you turn a blind eye?" With ongoing colonial legacies like white supremacy, racism, and inequality under capitalism, marginalized peoples continue to suffer. How can people remain apathetic and indifferent? 😿

I offer this song to anyone who feels frustrated and exasperated, who presently suffers from hardship, who needs a place of rest of their own making to continue facing daily oppressions. But more importantly, as a new settler myself on occupied land, I think of the 215 Indigenous children and generations of First Nations families who continue to carry trauma and profound loss from this.

Grumpy Kitty Boy artwork by Yuna Kim

Grumpy Kitty Boy artwork by Yuna Kim

Stop Hiding (On and On)

by Grumpy Kitty Boy
recorded on May 3, 2021

Thoughts: I just finished writing another song that actually took me months! The music came to my head first—I wrote the chords down, nitpicked some melodies, and left it at that. It was the lyrics where I struggled a lot more. I only know that sunsets and disappearing friends have to be a topic at some point.

After fleshing it out, the story of the song goes as such: Grumpy Kitty Boy desperately looks for his friends, who decided to disappear without a trace and hide behind all the sunsets we all see beyond the far horizon. "Issa prank!" as the kid next door would holler. 😾😹 For how long they'll do this to him, I dunno. 🤔 Could be fun at first, but did you even had people do this in your life once? Or maybe it was you pulling out a sudden disappearance trick, never to be seen again?

Glass houses

by Grumpy Kitty Boy
recorded on March 13, 2021

Thoughts: I'm back to writing songs again after the release of my debut EP "Show Me The Kibbles!" This one is something more sober and sublime than the rest of the stuff I wrote.

I offer this to everyone who once had people very close to them turn into complete strangers. The references to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince are just irresistible (if you do recognize them)!

Second option (a reboot for the 2020 holiday season)

by Grumpy Kitty Boy
recorded on 15 December 2020

Thoughts: "Second Option" sounds like holiday music alright! 😹 When I wrote this song in 2019, I was making up a story where Santa Claus failed to hand out a Christmas present to Grumpy Kitty Boy —Christmas is cancelled as a result! I thought about giving it a nudge as I officially started production work with this song for a future EP project.

Never Let You Go

by Grumpy Kitty Boy 
Recorded on 28 July 2020 

Thoughts: I dug through some obscure Soundcloud channel I used to own. I saw this untitled song I wrote and half-produced from 2017 and thought, “Hey, why shouldn’t I make a new video out of it?!” I can fully disclose that this song is a “prototype” of some sorts, written way before GKBoy was born! The imagery in the lyrics now appear in some of the official GKBoy songs, but the music stays fairly intact and original. We’ll see if it becomes included in an official future release.