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Makin Waves Record of The Week: "Trip Around The Sun" by The Grip Weeds


By Bob Makin

originally published: 10/17/2018

Makin Waves Record of The Week: "Trip Around The Sun" by The Grip WeedsSeminal '60s-inspired rockers The Grips Weeds have made what may be their best album ever, “Trip Around the Sun,” at their own House of Vibes studio in Highland Park.  They will celebrate its release on Oct. 20 at Lovin' Cup in Rochester, N.Y.

I used to have an issue with bands who wear their influences overtly on their collective sleeves. But The Grip Weeds are so damn good at mashing up the sounds of the ’60s, especially the British Invasion, their new and best-ever LP, “Trip Around the Sun,” is a testament to the Bob Dylan saying, “You don’t get older, you just get better.”

The Beach Boys and The Byrds also get nods on the exceptionally well-made LP, which was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by members of the band at their own House of Vibes studios in Highland Park and New York City. All multi-instrumentalists, Kurt Reil, who mainly plays drums, recorded and mastered the LP, while wife, Kristin, and brother, Rick, who mainly play guitars, helped mix it. The professional level at which they did all that makes me want to recommend the studio to anyone who wants to make a good record. The rich separations and dynamic nuances of each track are gorgeous. One thing’s for damn sure: this band are having a blast on this record, and fans of ’60s rock will too. 

So let’s take a spin through each track:

Hear this great album recreated live on Oct. 20 at Lovin’ Cup in Rochester, N.Y. The Grip Weeds also will be at Bop Shop Records earlier that day also in Rochester.

Makin Waves Record of The Week: "Trip Around The Sun" by The Grip Weeds



 
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Bob Makin is the reporter for www.MyCentralJersey.com/entertainment and a former managing editor of The Aquarian Weekly, which launched this column in 1988. Contact him at makinwaves64@yahoo.com. And like Makin Waves at www.facebook.com/makinwavescolumn.



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