Ellis Ashbrook wants you to know that they throw the best parties in Brooklyn.
That’s right, they. Although their name is fit for a solo artist, Ellis Ashbrook has four members: guitarist and vocalist John Barber, keyboardist and vocalist Natalie Lowe, bassist Jonathan Granoff, and drummer Alex Major.
The band’s name, as well as their conception, is attributed to Barber and Major. The two have been friends since grade school.
Barber later met Granoff and Lowe at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Major went to neighboring Boston University, where he focused on film.
According to Major, the idea of making music came to him as a “wave of energy.”
Barber added, “I felt the need to express myself artistically. It was easy to do.”
Describing Ellis Ashbrook’s music, on the other hand, is not as easy. Lowe dubbed their style “exploratory rock,” while Barber called it “psychedelic hard rock meets techno.” “Genre-bending,” Granoff chimed in.
“Our sound is so diverse because what we love is diverse,” Granoff explained. “We listen to everything from ‘70s funk to ‘90s rock.”
Their latest album, Meridia, shows off their wide range. Each song sounds different, yet they flow together gracefully.
“It has a watery feel.” Lowe said.
When asked to explain the album’s title, it wasn’t surprising that each member had his or her own idea.
“It’s like a meeting point,” Lowe said.
Barber supplemented, “It’s like the middle of many extremes.”
Contrastingly, Major insisted the name was random.
Meridia is also the name of a recently banned diet drug.
“We want to make you feel like you’re on speed,” Barber joked.
The band also couldn’t agree on which they enjoyed more: playing live or making albums.
“You can’t compare the two,” Lowe said.
“Definitely touring,” Major said. “I get a rush from shows blending together seamlessly.”
Granoff politely disagreed.
“I prefer making albums because you get to take your time and use the recording studio like an instrument.
“Speaking of touring,” Granoff grinned, “We’re going to tour the Northeast soon.”
He had the same enthusiasm about playing smaller gigs.
“We love playing at big venues, but intimate settings are great, too.”
Granoff, who should consider an additional career in public relations, added, “We’ll even perform at birthday parties. Book us today!”
Meridia is available in stores and on iTunes.