THE GREYBOY ALLSTARS' FIRST STUDIO RECORDING IN NINE YEARS
WHAT HAPPENED TO TV? TO BE RELEASED APRIL 17
ALBUM CO-PRODUCED BY FOUNDING MEMBER DJ GREYBOY
FEATURES CORE GROUP OF ROBERT WALTER, ELGIN PARK
KARL DENSON, CHRIS STILLWELL AND ZAK NAJOR
AND SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING
INARA GEORGE AND THE LIVING SISTERS
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR BEGINS MARCH 9
When Greyboy Allstars first formed almost 15 years ago, some of the West Coast's visionary young musicians came together to realize the unique artistic vision of rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy: an original sound reminiscent of '70s soundtrack music. It not only was acclaimed at the time, but also proved seminal: Echoes of it can be heard in the work of countless bands since, and each member of the group went on to achieve success as solo artists and in other collaborations. What Happened to TV?, the Greyboy Allstars' first studio album in a decade, finds the group reunited with DJ Greyboy, whose role as producer marks his first collaboration with the band since their 1995 breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo. The new album will be released April 17 by Knowledge Room Recordings.
Ironically, the Greyboy Allstars' success together served as a platform for the group's members to launch highly successful, substantially diverse—and all different from the Greyboy Allstars sound—solo careers; and the further immersed they became in their individual undertakings, the harder it became to bring everyone together to record and/or tour as The Greyboy Allstars. Hammond organist and keyboardist Robert Walter has recorded and toured with everyone from the Headhunters to downtown NYC avant rocker Bobby Previte. After the Greyboy Allstars scored the film Zero Effect, guitarist/composer/ Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) continued to write for the screen, scoring such critically praised films Donnie Darko and Me and You & Everyone We Know, as well as the underground TV hit Freaks and Geeks. He has also produced recordings by Metric, Brendan Benson, Inara George and Gary Jules, whose Andrews-produced cover of "Mad World" reached #1 on the U.K. charts. Horn player Karl Denson became leader of one of the top live touring bands, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Zak Najor are one of the most sought after rhythm sections in any genre.
An emphasis upon emerging West Coast artists is still essential to the Greyboy Allstars sound. In addition to singing backup on "Still Waiting," indie starlet Inara George is part of the vocal trio The Living Sisters (Eleni Mandell, Becky Stark and George) on the album's first single, "How Glad I Am," a song previously interpreted by the likes of Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Sandie Shaw and Brenda Lee. This memorable cover aside, the album features songs written by all of the group's members. DJ Greyboy helped the Allstars with the album's production and also performs on "Old School Cylons."
In addition to recording the new album together, The Greyboy Allstars will embark on an equally rare tour of North America on March 9.
The Greyboy Allstars' last studio release was A Town Called Earth (1997), which earned substantial critical praise. In a 4.5-star review, Allmusic Guide said the Greyboy Allstars "remind us of the vitality of live funk in an era dominated by pre-packaged samples." That same year saw the release of the album Live.
Greyboy Allstars Tour Dates
03.09 Asheville, NC | Orange Peel
03.10 Sunrise, FL Langerado
03.16 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
03.17 San Francisco, CA | Fillmore
04.12 Aspen, CO | Belly Up
04.13 Denver, CO | Fillmore Co-headline with Medeski Martin and Wood
04.14 Denver, CO | Fillmore Co-headline with Medeski Martin and Wood
04.17 Eugene, OR | McDonald Theatre
04.18 Seattle, WA | The Showbox
04.19 Vancouver, BC | Commodore Ballroom
04.20 Bellingham, WA | Nightlight
04.21 Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
05.04 New Orleans, LA | Riverboat Cajun Queen
05.05 New Orleans, LA | Tipitina's Uptown
05.12 New York, NY | Highline Ballroom
05.13 New York, NY | Highline Ballroom