June 2009 Featured Musicians, Gription

The Revolution in the Institution of Rock n Roll

Gription began six years ago on a porch in Northern Wisconsin. The year was 2003, and on top of the Billboard charts and the MTV circulation were bands like Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent. Even the alleged “rock” acts (like Linkin Park and 3 Doors Down) were falling flat. Musically, the world had fallen flat. Asides from the few singles released by distinguished artists; most notably Cash’s Hurt, the landscape of rock was bleak with over-produced sugary rock.

Gription: Think for Yourself!

Gription: Think for Yourself!

Steeped in a history of punk and metal albums, Gription worked to create a blend of rock that would pay tribute to an era where good music was determined by what it sounded like, as opposed to how many copies it would sell. Rock music used to have a social quality; it would bring people together in times of good and bad. Rock was listened to in groups around a turntable, or in a concert venue. But, as the product of music was slowly honed down to a bit-rate and stored as a file in something no bigger than a wallet, the substance of rock dwindled with it.

Six months after founding the band, Gription suffered an astronomical disaster. The band had been living in a town home which caught fire one afternoon. Day jobs had taken the band away from the house that day, which inexplicably burst into flames. Everything they owned had been reduced to ashes. Everything, that is, except their instruments. Safely stored across town in a shared rehearsal space; Gription’s gear were the only things to survive the blaze.

After spending the next few months getting back on their feet, with a huge hand from the American Red Cross, Gription started to refine their sound, play more shows than ever, and become a band with a philanthropic instinct.

Over the next several years, Gription toured the Midwest, playing dozens of shows a month on stages and in bars in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and more. Their sound instantly stuck with the blue-collar army that inhabits the Midwest. These were the people who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and get the job done. Gription reflected their salt-of-the-earth quality perfectly.

After moving to Colorado in 2006 to expand their musical reach, Gription started the Boulder based computer repair shop PC Express. Now, with an income stream established, the band was able to focus even more on their music.

In 2007 Gription signs with the newly formed Syntropic Music. In July of 2008, Gription records Last In Line at Blasting Room Studios. Produced by punk/hardcore legend Bill Stevenson, Last In Line is the polished grit and grunge of several years of song writing, performing and experience that is Gription.

Highly acclaimed by local critics, Last In Line was considered by many as one of the finest rock records of 2008.

Over time, Gription would play with and develop relationships with other Denver and Boulder based bands like Something Underground, the Demon Funkies and Statewide Emergency to expand their musical reach.

In 2009, Gription became part owners of Syntropic Music and helped guide the company in becoming a truly artists friendly label. Tommy Pattermann started to craft a subsidiary company which would become known as Sound Pounders.

In October of 2009, Gription continues their expansion by renting loft space in Longmont, CO. Half living quarters, Half PC Express franchise, Half recording studio the new accommodations are exactly what the band needed to start new music ventures.

Currently, Gription is recording several brand new tracks in their studio and is planning on a EP release in early 2010. The EP is to feature the much anticipated tracks “Enemy of the State” and “No Words.”