Ottawa, Ontario (Canada)
The Grip Weeds: Infinite Soul: The Best of the Grip Weeds - by Joseph Taylor
One of my favorite discs of 2007 was the Grip Weeds’ House of Vibes Revisited,a reissue of the band’s 1994 debut. E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt started giving the band some airplay on his syndicated radio show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage,and he signed them to Wicked Cool Records, his ultra-hip label dedicated to garage rock and power pop. He helped choose the 16 tracks on Infinite Soul,culled from all four of the Grip Weeds’ defiantly melodic, beautifully crafted CDs. The Grip Weeds seem to have absorbed something from every great band of the 1960s, especially the British Invasion bands, but their music is no mere exercise in nostalgia. It sounds fresh and vital, as if they’d rediscovered what made rock’n’roll so exciting in the first place. Kristin Pinell’s ripping guitar solos ring out clearly, and they’re short and carefully crafted. Kurt Reil, one of the great drummers in rock, hits the snare hard, and his kickdrum is the band’s lifeblood. Each song on Infinite Soul is a multitracked gem, with more subtle details coming to the surface with each listen. Buy it, start setting aside money for all four of the band’s albums, and pray that they release a new one soon.