|On Friday (9/22), New York City funk meets jam-band–GRIDLINE–released their debut full-length album, Soul Brew. Through an intent to record everything live to tape, GRIDLINE’s Soul Brew recreates the essence of a live band; a sound they honed through countless late night sets performing at after-hours clubs around New York City.
GRIDLINE says of the process: “There was never a musical idea or potential collaboration dreamed up during the making of this record that felt out of reach or unattainable. The question wasn’t if an idea was possible, but instead how we would work to make it happen.”
Five years in the making, GRIDLINE continues to captivate audiences with their high-octane blend of funk, soul, and rock and roll. Their upcoming full-length debut album, Soul Brew, is a culminating snapshot of a live band in motion. The eight original songs on the record developed over years of performing late night sets as the house band of NYC’s historic club, The Bitter End. The album also features notable contributions from established members of the extended GRIDLINE family, including vocalist Corey Glover (Living Colour), Kim Miller (The Skatalites), Joel Thome (Frank Zappa), Mike Soprano (Streetlight Manifesto), and the Scorchio Quartet (David Bowie). As the extended musical family continues to grow along with the music, the record feels much larger than the five core members of the band–extending further into the underground community of funk music in New York City.
Featured in Relix Magazine as up-and-coming artists, the band has been nationally recognized as something of a rarity in today’s music scene. With members of varying ages and experiences, each musician contributes to a diverse sound that is equal parts energetic and refined. The band has opened for artists such as Iggy Azalea, Galactic, Max Creek, Kung Fu, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and The Nigel Hall Band, and continues to set their sights higher and higher.
GRIDLINE in the press…
“The track is an infectious tune full of vibrant tempos and guitar swings, encouraging the listener to dance along. “Lovely Lady” is just the right amount of serious fun for a grand summer time anthem.”
– NEW NOISE MAGAZINE
“A sound doused in characteristic energy.” – RELIX MAGAZINE
“Fairly new to the scene, now’s the time to take note of this emerging band. Killer music oozing with soul aside, Soul Brew includes a surprising slew of guest spots…” – PURE GRAIN AUDIO
“Despite “W.M.F.P.” being only the second single from GRIDLINE’s forthcoming debut album Soul Brew, it exudes a level of musical precision and expertise that makes one question where this band has been hiding all this time.” – ONES TO WATCH