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Saturday Grim

The late great Japanese poet and author Kenji Miyazawa once said: “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”


For singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Saturday Grim, it would be surviving a brain tumor that threatened his hearing and facial paralysis that galvanized him into actualizing his ambitious musical aspirations. The young musical prodigy now releases his debut album, Midnight Fun, under the name, Saturday Grim. Midnight Fun is a revelatory pop-punk album, bursting with sugary hooks and whimsical pop culture and horror references. Creating his own genre, Pop-Horror.


“When I got the diagnosis of the tumor, it turned my world upside down. I had to quit school and stop making music. It was frustrating, scary, and overwhelming. I felt like everything was being taken from me,” Saturday recalls. “But I remember, when I woke up from surgery, I could hear, and I just broke down and cried. I still had my life; it wasn’t altered the way I previously thought. I had a second chance and I had to go for it.”


Saturday Grim was created as a reflection of one of his biggest childhood passions. Staying up late on Saturday nights watching grim horror movies. Escaping reality and getting lost in worlds riddled with monsters. His music inventively incorporates horror imagery, zombie references, and 1980s pop culture as lyrical inspiration. But unlike other “horror-punk” bands who go for a dark sonic direction, Saturday’s music embraces the full-throttled anthemics of Blink 182 and New Found Glory.


It’s been something of a comet-like rise for the newbie band. In one year, the Saturday Grim has been featured in Alternative Press—the pop-punk bible—shared the stages with such respected groups Broadway Calls and Koffin Kats, and been heard on the “Pop Punk is NOT Dead” program on Falcon Radio. The band also has a highly engaged fanbase and Grim is currently developing a merchandise line to reflect his vividly imaginative aesthetic.


At the core of Saturday Grim's artistic and lifestyle ethos are the liberating and uplifting tenets of modern punk.

“I fell in love with the punk and pop-punk genre. I loved the energy, how it was fast, catchy and upbeat,” he says. “I also liked the punk attitude. To me, punk encouraged a strong personality with confidence, embracing who you are, never being concerned with what others had to say about you, never taking yourself too serious, to just have fun and to always fight for what you want and believe.”


As a young adult, these ideals were put to test when he discovered he had a brain tumor called an Acoustic Neuroma, a small benign tumor that developed on his auditory nerve. Not settling for the prognosis of likely deafness and partial facial paralysis, he boldly sought out doctors who believed they could perform the surgery with no negative long lasting effects.


“I never thought I would apply those lessons from punk to such an overwhelming obstacle. With my persistence though and attitude, I found the right doctor for my surgery,” Grim says.  To inspire others in the good fight, Saturday remains an active member of Acoustic Neuroma Association, a support group for those enduring the struggles with that tumor and its effects, and is outspoken as an advocate for ear safety.


Saturday Grim's 12-track album is a future classic with genre-defining songs and genre-shattering songs side by side, united by sticky choruses and infectious vocal melodies. The track “Dear Beth” is one of those tracks that will send ripples through the Warped Tour and become a summer pop-punk mainstay. “That’s my take on a love song. It references Beth Greene from the Walking Dead,” Saturday says chuckling. The tuneful playfulness continues on the standout “My Girlfriend’s A Vampire” which boasts balmy stacked harmonies. The 1980s-vibing, new wavy “Family Matters” offers some direct comfort for kids trying to make sense of parental dynamics. “That’s a serious song. Every family has its issues, and that song is there to let kids know they’re not alone and that they will make it through,” Saturday says.


Saturday wrote everything on the album, including programming the drums, and produced the album in his bedroom studio often staying up to 3 or 4 in the morning.  Crafting Midnight Fun felt like he was on borrowed time and he worked at a fevered pace, breaking down creative boundaries one by one. “I feel so excited and motivated right now,” he says in closing. “I was given a second chance and I’m determined to get my music out there and connect with people to hopefully be able to help them in any shape way or form with life’s big challenges.