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THE GRIP WEEDS’ FIRST LIVE ALBUM SPEED OF LIVE IS NON-STOP ENERGY– A SWEAT-SOAKED HIGH OCTANE BURST OF PSYCHEDELIC POWER POP!
"We like to mix it up in Jersey and The Grip Weeds are a great example: A touch of John Lennon (and an appropriation of his character's name in "How I Won The War"), a bit of The Byrds, A dash of The Kinks, pinch of The Who, and a dallop of more muscular Zombies and you get something quite original actually. And quite cool." -Little Steven
HIGHLAND PARK, NJ- On June 19th, The Grip Weeds’ new live album Speed Of Live will be released across a variety of formats by Ground Up Records. In addition, Live Vibes, a new DVD that captures a live in-the-studio performance along with exclusive band interviews, also makes its debut on this day.
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.
“So many people write us and ask ‘When are you coming to our city?’ says Kurt Reil, Grip Weeds singer/drummer. “Economically, it’s difficult for us to get to all the places we’d like to. So we thought this would be a good way to get out to the fans the power of the live show, and the way we play some of the songs live, which is a little bit different from the way we recorded them originally in the studio.”
The critically acclaimed Psychedelic Rock /Power Pop quartet consists of brothers Kurt and Rick Reil (on drums and guitar respectively), Kristin Pinell (guitar) and Dave DeSantis (bass)– all four sing, and surrounded by their vintage equipment they produce 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.
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!
Speed Of Live (CD)
1 Every Minute
2 Salad Days
3 Strange Change Machine
4 Close To The Sun
5 Be Here Now
6 Speed Of Life
7 (So You Want To Be A) Rock n Roll Star
8 Close Descending Love
9 Infinite Soul
10 Coming And Going
11 The Law
12 Shakin' All Over
13 Love's Lost On You
14 Sun Ra Ga
15 Astral Man
Live Vibes (DVD)
1 Opening Credits
2 Inside The House Of Vibes
4 Grip Weed History
5 Walking In Crowd
6 Kristin’s Salad Days
7 Salad Days
8 The Grip Weed Sound
10 Look Of Live
11 Better World
12 About ‘Telescope’
14 Studio To Stage
15 Love’s Lost
16 About ‘We’re Not Get Through’
17 We’re Not Get Through
18 Evolution Of A Band
19 Get By
20 End Credits
Speed Of Live will be available across a variety of different formats:
Standard Edition: 1CD Digipak + digital-only bonus track download
Digital: Speed Of Live will be available for download in both mp3 and high resolution formats. Includes bonus track
Live Vibes DVD + digital audio download of all DVD songs and bonus track
Deluxe Package: Speed Of Live CD, Live Vibes DVD, mp3 and high resolution 24 bit/ 96k audio for Live Vibes songs and Speed Of Live plus bonus track (via download card), autographed poster suitable for framing
Deluxe package, high resolution and bonus track downloads are exclusive to www.gripweeds.com Online Store.
Speed Of Live will be available from Amazon.com, CDBaby, iTunes and most major digital download destinations, and all major music outlets worldwide via Burnside Distribution Corp. (www.burnsidedistribution.com).
For interviews, CDs and further media requests …
Contact: Eli Ransford, House Of Vibes Productions (email@example.com)