PRESS - THE SOUND IS IN YOU

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Brooklyn, New York
October 2003

THE GRIP WEEDS – THE SOUND IN YOU (Rainbow Quartz)
I've maintained a soft spot for New Jersey's psychedelic garage supremacists since they caught me by surprise back in October 2001, but they've yet to deliver on record as impressively as they do in concert. The Sound In You rectifies that discrepancy, delivering Action-style white soul alongside that moment in the Who's 1960s career where the power chords started giving way to carefully co-ordinated arpeggios. Kurt Reil is impressive not just as a Moon-like drummer (when the mood takes him) but also as a skilled singer and songwriter. His brother Rick plays guitars, organ, mellotron and even the sitar; Kristin Pinell plays guitars and sitar, and takes over lead vocals on a plaintive rendition of Neil Young's 'Down To The Wire'; Michael Nattboy looks under-accomplished in comparison with a mere bass guitar credit, but he underpins the purposefully simplistic productions with quiet aplomb. The Sound In You peaks somewhere in the middle of its unnecessarily bountiful nineteen cuts, from 'Tomorrow' through the sing-along 'We're Not Getting Through,' on to the seriously Faces-like 'Everything and All You Feel' and poetic if predictable psychedelia of 'Inca.' A closing cover of The Move's 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow' tells you whatever you didn't already know about The Grip Weeds' influences. Though they're far too pleasant in far too many places – their idols weren't so eager to please - at least The Grip Weeds' niceness comes from the heart. B+