Griswald started as a solo project for guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Jeremy Hart (Wausau, WI) in early 2011. Percussionist/vocalist Taylor Keding joined Jeremy shortly after and the two relocated to Madison, WI in late 2011. With a handful of new songs, the group newly-coined ‘Griswald’ began recording demos and performing at open mics around Madison. The two went on to audition for a slot in the Battle of the Bands sponsored by Emmie Magazine and WUD Music (University of Wisconsin-Madison) in 2012, going on to win the contest and the title ‘Madison Band of the Year’. Long-time friend Mike Seehafer joined shortly after on bass guitar, and together, the trio released the EP ‘Hearsay & Lore’ in December 2012. While continuing to play shows around Wisconsin and recording new music, another long-time friend Corey Millikin joined the group mid-2013, filling out the Griswald sound to what it is today.