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The Grip Weeds

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Dave | Kristin | Kurt | Rick

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“Sparkling, insanely catchy psyche-pop”: The Grip Weeds are a critically acclaimed Psychedelic Rock /Power Pop quartet consisting of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), Kristin Pinell (guitar) and Dave DeSantis (bass). Surrounded by their vintage equipment, this talented four-piece band records slices of perfect, radio-friendly guitar-pop, psychedelic enough to appeal to record junkies and Sixties-retro fans, but edgy enough to fit into a modern rock set.

Following the successful recent holiday release Under The Influence Of Christmas and 2010’s double length juggernaut Strange Change Machine (both on the Rainbow Quartz label), Speed Of Live is the electric distillation of The Grip Weeds sound, bursting with all of the passion and power they put into every live performance. The Grip Weeds are a band for which a live album really is a true “by-popular-demand” necessity, not just a stop-gap. For those who have never seen the band perform live, Speed of Live should be equally welcome– and something of a revelation.

From the opening lift-off of “Every Minute” to the soaring finale “Astral Man,” Speed Of Live is non-stop energy, a sweat-soaked high-octane totally electric set of originals that span The Grip Weeds’ entire studio catalog, but stripped down and roughed up with extra edge – plus, for good measure, a couple of very cool covers (Shakin’ All Over” and “So You Want To Be A Rock n Roll Star”) that showcase the paisley-and-polka dots roots of their sound.

Speed Of Live includes new versions of many Grip Weeds perennials awarded the title “Coolest Song in the World” on the immensely popular satellite and nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage. In 2008, Little Steven himself hand-picked an album’s worth for the Wicked Cool Records compilation Infinite Soul: The Best Of The Grip Weeds (Sony/RED).

Fittingly, the performances comprising Speed Of Live were all taken from shows around the The Grip Weeds’ (and Little Steven’s) home state of New Jersey. Four were recorded at the recently shuttered Court Tavern in New Brunswick– a night The Grip Weeds shared the bill with The Smithereens. Another nine were captured at The Record Collector, a store turned concert venue in Bordentown, and one was taken from a night at legendary NJ venue The Stone Pony.

Live Vibes takes you on a trip inside The House Of Vibes, the “Hitsville of Highland Park”! Performing live in their New Jersey recording studio, The Grip Weeds tear through songs from their impressive catalog of “insanely catchy psyche-pop”, with equally psychedelic mind-blowing visuals. Exclusive interviews illuminate their back story and the unique group chemistry that drives them. Music and musings from a band at the height of its powers!

Dave DeSantis Kristin Pinell Kurt Reil Rick Reil