Gnawing Richmond, VA


Gnawing began as a one person recording project for John Russell in the living room of a dilapidated punk house in North Carolina. Prior to Gnawing, John had spent his time in bands like Alright, Planet Creep, Earthmover, and others, but never found himself in a position to grow his own sound. After recording and self-releasing a 5-song cassette of his debut songs as Gnawing through his own label, Hilltop Recordings, John found himself relocating to Richmond, VA and wanting to start a band in the new city.

Growing up on 1990's alternative rock like Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, The Lemonheads, Sugar, Gin Blossoms, and more, John wanted to scratch a songwriting itch that would bring him back to his roots. After digging into writing a bit more, he decided to expand Gnawing into a full band project, revisiting the original EP and growing their sound as a trio. Adding Richmond natives Christian Monroe (New Lions) and Chris Matz (Antiphons), Gnawing found a new energy with new ideas.

In April, Gnawing will release their new EP -- their first release as a trio -- on Refresh Records. Stay tuned for more information and check the tour dates for upcoming shows.

Kind Words

"The lyrics are so vivid and instantly relatable" - New Noise Magazine

"Reminiscent of the Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr with the spacious song writing and guitar worship" - Bad Copy

Tour Dates

For Fans Of

The Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements, Jawbreaker, Tony Molina



Gnawing Merch

Gnawing - Pez T-shirt
Gnawing - Shaky