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When the New Jersey-based Grip Weeds released their 15 song “Best of” compilation, they named it after their best song – “Infinite Soul.”
The Grip Weeds are a favorite of Little Steven Van Zandt and his Underground Garage. Their influences are as clear as a window washed with Windex – British invasion mainstays The Beatles (the band is named after John Lennon’s character, Musketeer Gripweed, from the movie How I Won the War), Kinks, Who and Zombies. And any of myriad other bands that have jangly guitars (Big Star, Byrds, Smithereens) and psychedelic inclinations (Buffalo Springfield, Jefferson Airplane, Yardbirds).
The core of the band consists of siblings Kurt (vocals, drums) and Rick (vocals, guitars) Reil, and Kristin Pinell (guitars, vocals). The brothers write most of their originals, but the band has recorded many covers too.
If you read my missives regularly, you may recall my affection for songs that feature the electric sitar. “Infinite Soul” features one of the best electric sitar solos I’ve heard.
The Grip Weeds still perform, but mostly just in NJ. So, if you’re in the tri-state area, keep an eye open for their tour dates and go to check them out.
Enjoy… until next week.