About Grand Ole Party
I must be the devil’s daughter/ what a dark father to dwell in me oh I must be the devil’s daughter/ such a dark father to dwell in me bastard child that I am/ oh you can see it in my swagger in the palmist’s lines of my hands/ in my lips that bud like daggers look out young son/ when I bloom you’ll come a-crawling – Look Out Young Son
How do you explain on a piece of paper the elements that make a band truly exciting and genuinely unique? Sometimes, a good starting point is simple geography. When Grand Ole Party sets the stage for their live show, the placement of their drums and amps is the first cue: three abreast, with the drum kit front and center. The uninitiated will then experience the next surprise when the three-piece takes the stage and the lone female musician moves her diminutive frame behind the kit. The third moment of wonderment comes when lead vocalist Kristin Gundred opens her mouth to sing and a cavalcade of power and passion comes out. But none of these things are gimmicks, and Grand Ole Party isnt trying to shatter your preconceptions, they just wanna rock out.
Since late 2005, musicians Kristin Gundred (vocals, drums) John Paul Labno (guitar) and Mike Krechnyak (bass) have been writing music, touring clubs and putting on the kind of live show that makes friends tell friends to get off the couch and into the club. The trio met while attending University of California, Santa Cruz, jammed together in a loose collective, then decided to get serious, taking the newly-formed group around the U.S. until they found a place that seemed like a good fit. San Diego is where they landed, and where they have gone on to cultivate a rabid following of fans devoted to their raucous live show.
It has all unfolded very quickly, as tends to happen with bands who have that rare combination of fierce songs and onstage electricity. Grand Ole Partys first show was at a friends house in February 2006, and the word spread like wildfire about their compelling live set; theyve played a host of club dates, including opening for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs just eight months after their humble beginnings.
The group was nominated for the 2006 San Diego Best New Artist Award in and set out to record their debut CD in March 2007 with Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley and The Elected at the helm. It was a blitzkrieg of 12-hour days, five days straight, largely live-to-tape, according to front-woman Kristin: We recorded live because we wanted that same energy from our live show to be present in the studio. We were pretty excited because recording Humanimals made us more self-aware of our sound and took us from a live-only project to a tangible, playable thing. Guitarist John Paul Labno also echoes the enthusiasm of Sennetts production talents:In the studio, his biggest asset was in coaxing us to do good takes, and knowing when we had them. It kept it exciting. He had certain ideas and helped us experiment with them. In the end, it sounded just like GOP. That Grand Ole Party sound freshly infusing raw funk and stripped-down soul into primal, infectious rock and roll was truly captured on Humanimals.
Listen to tracks like Gypsy March, Dirty Spirit Rag and Belle Isle and youll hear a host of timeless influences coming clearly through Kristins vocals; the singer cites inspirations including Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Grace Slick and Motown girl groups. It took me until I was 20 to break free from total shyness and start actually doing something, explains Kristin. (Shes now 23)When we play together I feel whole It’s me at my best. While youre listening, take note of disc closer Radio which was remixed by dub legend The Scientist.
Bassist Krechnyak confirms that Humanimals was a challenging process, but believes that every ounce of energy invested was well worth it: We have sacrificed a lot but it has never been a very tough decision to do so. Music and art in general is a way of living it’s also a response to the world around you, it’s survival. This record, and the music we’re making, it’s a very natural thing for us because it’s what connects us to the elements, to the world.
The word is spreading fast, brothers and sisters. Just prior to a fall tour with Rilo Kiley the group was once again nominated at the 2007 San Diego Music Awards, this time in two categories: Best Alternative Artist and Artist of the Year. Without question, the more they play, the more the excitement builds.
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Andrè Marcel Ajamu Akinyele (Ah-jah-moo + Ah-kin-yay-lay) recorded as MARCEL from 1998 to 2004 and had independent success with several releases throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. As MARCEL, he released five CD’s ranging in style from Funk to World, but as Ajamu Akinyele (name change in 2004 meaning Strong Warrior in the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Africa) embarked on his first Cyber Jazz CD titled Supernova,” in 2005. In 2006 the world witnessed just how far Ajamu would go; he released the double CD Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience, which established him as a true contender in the jazz industry.
Jon Carl OBergh, whom Ajamu has known since 2002, had previously written and produced 6 CDs, including Song of Fire, currently unreleased; Songs from other Planets; “Carta,” which was #1 nationwide on the NAV chart; “Meditations from a Lost World,” which reached #3; “Sacred Spaces”; and “Millennial Landscapes,” which reached #2. He also co-produced songs for MARCEL, now known as Ajamu Akinyele, on Marcels 2003 release “Uptown : 2025 A.D.,” and for R&B recording artist JARROD on his debut CD “Every Part of Me.”
Ajamu and Jon joined forces in 2005 with the release of A Cyber Jazz Holiday; Gemini Soul was born fusing smooth jazz and funk fusion for a new generation. Two years later on January 9, 2007, Gemini Soul released their second offering Liquid Soul, which features 13 tracks of new original music, plus favorite standards such as Peggy Lee’s “Fever,” Stanley Clarke’s “Yesterday Princess,” Sade’s “Kiss of Life” and “Hang On To Your Love,” and Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five.” And on July 25, 2007, the world has witnessed their third release Live : The Liquid Soul Tour, which captures Gemini Soul doing what they do best, performing live.
In late January 2007, Gemini Soul added Andrew Foster on percussion. Andrews transition from one skill to another is like Sades tune Smooth Operator. Growing up in the early seventies, listening to many styles of jazz including Brazilian and traditional jazz, inspired Andrew to become a percussionist. He met with producer/bassist Ajamu Akinyele one evening after a Gemini Soul show and the rest is history. Andrew recalls during the first jam session, It was like magic playing with Ajamu Akinyele and Jon OBergh it just came naturally.
In early June 2007, Gemini Soul added Alex Marks on drums. Alex is influenced by drummer David Silveria from the rock band Korn, and the drummer John Bonham from the 70’s rock band Led – Zeppelin. So, why jazz? Alex’s first drum teacher suggested that he listen and learn from the music and styling of Miles Davis, Tower of Power and John Coltrane. Alex’s music teacher also wanted to encourage him to play different styles of music, making him a well-rounded musician. Alex loves funk, fusion and Latin jazz. By joining Gemini Soul, Alex brings his influences of rock and funk/fusion, enhancing Gemini Soul’s Cyber Jazz experience.
Gemini Souls current set list concentrates on their collaborated works as Gemini Soul including their new release Liquid Soul and Ajamu Akinyeles 2006 critically acclaimed double CD “Black Magic The Cyber Jazz Experience,” which gained Gemini Soul exposure on the morning television show Sacramento & Co., (ABC affiliate KXTV). Their music has been featured on the hit television shows Girlfriends, The Tony Danza Show, and Entertainment Tonight. They had the privilege of opening for Pete Escovedo at the 2007 San Jose Juneteenth Festival. Pete Escovedo said, Ajamu is one FUNKY bass player!
Gemini Souls sound Cyber Jazz, which is a blend of smooth jazz funk fusion, reflects the influence of bassists MeShell Ndegèocello and Stanley Clarke; the smooth sounds of Sade; the funk fusion of jazz legend Herbie Hancock; and the pop funk jazz – fusion of Miles Davis. Their stage performances are visually exciting and entertaining, while engaging and energizing the audience in the manner of pop super star Prince and the pop funk fusion of Miles Davis. Gemini Soul also provides an overall smooth ambience reminiscent of Sade, an experience to behold.
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