Kinston Free Press
August 16, 2007
Free Press Correspondent
New: House of Vibes Revisited
Artist: Grip Weeds
The Grip Weeds debut album has been given the deluxe treatment in the form of “House of Vibes Revisited.” Along with bonus tracks and live performances, the album has been remastered to fit in sonically with other Grip Weeds classics, such as “Giant on the Beach” and “The Sound Is in You.”
For a quick idea of what this band is all about, check out the current radio single “Salad Days,” a timeless melodic rocker in the tradition of The Byrds or The Who that wouldn’t sound out of place on an album by Oasis or The White Stripes.
While the Grip Weeds have assuredly been influenced by a multitude of vintage artists, their sound is not retro, but timeless. The combination of seamless harmonies, propulsive drumming and slash and burn guitar playing is always going to be in fashion, especially when the songwriting is as strong as it is on this album.
“House of Vibes Revisited” is proof that the words “modern” and “rock ‘n’ roll” are not mutually exclusive. For more information, visit www.gripweeds.com.
In a grunge filled world, The Grip Weeds' 1994 debut arrived like manna from heaven. In many ways, the band was the American answer to Brit-pop, but better, serving up an enticing dish of British Invasion pop, liberally garnished with psychedelia and late '60s hard rock.
Thirteen years on, not only hasn't the album dated, it actually sounds even more relevant. Subtle remixing brings the bass up, and it has been remastered to create a cleaner sound -- all of it making House of Vibes Revisisted a relevation, one that's now packed with extras. There's a trio of early demos and half a dozen exciting period live recordings interspersed with short interviews, while the booklet gives the album's background and the enhanced CD takes you online for even more music, videos, photos, etc. A ground-breaking album breaking new ground all over again. -- Jo-Ann Greene