Friday, November 2, 2012
Grab Brothers Band: Brothers In Arms
Offer Special Blend For Unique Sound
By Jason Savio
The cape currently has only a handful of bands actively recording original material: one is Provincetown’s Grab Brothers Band, a highly electric ensemble with a ready-to-rock groove tailor-made for success. From the farthest point east on the cape, Grab Brothers Band’s sound is rolling all points west and bound to capture listeners’ ears.
They will bring their live set to the British Beer Company in Falmouth tonight at 10.
As their name suggests, the group is led by brothers Larry and Marc Grab, who sing and play bass and guitar respectively, with keyboard player Rob Scott and drummer Tom Corshia rounding out the lineup.
“It definitely has its advantages,” says Larry Grab about working with his brother marc. “we seem to know where we’re going on a song and our harmonies click easier due to vocal likeness. Though our voices are different, we seem to create nice harmonies. It’s a brother thing.”
With a unique blend of psychedelic pop/rock, acoustic melodies and infectious vocals, the musicians have been able to distinguish themselves as a more creative and mature band that isn’t afraid to take chances, Marc Grab’s electric guitar solos are neatly laid out and memorable with just the right amount of heaviness and zest that make him one of the Cape’s premier guitarists, and the rest of the band bops and sways with confident ease. In an already unique sound, it is a common place to hear flutes or trombones make an appearance and add that extra flavor of individuality to different songs.
Some of those songs are featured on Grab Brothers Band’s newest album, “Asian Red,” an album inspired by an electric assortment of all the group’s influences from Jimi Hendrix to Led Zeppelin, Paul Simon, and Santana, to name a few.
Recorded at Track Record Studio in North Hollywood, California, with producer Mark Wolfson, “Asian Red” has garnered much attention and earned the band a loyal following of fans.
The group knows that in order to play locally, covers will be demanded of them, but they remain dedicated to their own material as well. “it is hard to overcome, even for us, so we do both,” explains Larry Grab about their reluctance to play covers. “You’ve just got to find the right mix of covers versus originals. It depends on the venue but we are mixing as many originals as we can at a show. Lately it has been Earth, Wind & Fire covers as well as Steely Dan and Rush.”
It is no secret that Grab Brothers Band is on the cusp of elevating to a level of success that cannot be contained on the cape. The bond and dedication between the two Grab Brothers has helped the group stay strong for 10-plus years and schedule shows at places such as the Hatch Shell in Boston, gigs in New York, and an upcoming show at the Charlesmark Hotel in Boston. But keep an eye out and you just might catch them at one of their many favorite stomping grounds on the Cape. Including House Of Bud’s in Hyannis or Land Ho! In Harwich or the BBC in Falmouth.
Regarding his band playing out and spreading all over. Larry Grab adds, “If they feed us and pay us well, we’ll be there!”