Four-piece experimental rock group, Ellis Ashbrook, roots lie in the distinct collaborative sounds music adheres and relates to collectively. Although defined as rock, they incorporate funk, soul, and the blues into their music, and they do a fantastic job. They have depth and are very in tune with what they’re doing musically and lyrically. Bassist, Jonathan Granoff, took the time to answer some questions for an interview to promote their upcoming show in Atlanta on Monday, November 7th at Smith’s Olde Bar. Tickets are $5 and perform at 9 p.m. For more information, click HERE.
Watch a preview of their new song, “No Please, Don’t Watch” below with clips from their studio session(s) via the video tab on the left.
1. Please describe your unique, experimental sound:
There are many styles and moods that go into our music. Songs weave in and out of different swarming melodies and vibrations. Ideas often resurface and evolve throughout the course of a song. We strive to remain true to ourselves through experimentation and open-mindedness.
2. With Meridia being your third album, how was the process and development of it conducive to the release of it?
The process was easier because we had learned a few things after releasing our previous album, Assemblage. Hugh and Nathan at Excello Recording are extremely intuitive and helped us get some wild sounds. They helped us kick up the sound quality a few notches. We also had some good friends helping with artwork, video, and photography, so that really sped up the process. Holding an online fundraiser for the CD and vinyl duplication was extremely helpful as well. It was so great how people came together to donate to our cause. We’re so lucky to have so many wonderful people supporting us!
3. You guys are known for your very energetic shows; how does the camaraderie entwine with your performances?
We’ve lived together in Brooklyn for the past four years, so being around each other all the time definitely has its advantages. Sharing thoughts and ideas in and out of the practice room is key. When we communicate telepathically, that’s the best. We have some of our best shows when we have more time to improvise and create something unexpected.
4. What are you most excited about with your upcoming tour in November?
We are looking forward to playing to new audiences and meeting new people around the country. Each town has its own thing going on and taking in a new atmosphere every night is a thrilling, challenging task. Also, noticing how things evolve from one show to the next can be fun.
1. What was your first album on CD and/or vinyl?
Our first CD Ellis Ashbrook was released in 2006. Our third and most current album Meridia is our first vinyl release and is available on CD as well.
2. What are five albums you can’t live without?
Pink Floyd –Animals, Soundgarden-Superunknown, Herbie Hancock-Headhunters, Led Zeppelin-Houses of the Holy, Genesis-The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
3. What was your first concert and your most favorite?
New Kids on the Block was the first and also the best
4. What is your guilty musical pleasure?
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