Grex got the courage to be original. The courage and guts to “make original” music.
They are MUSICIANS WITH ATTITUDE. Their music has more value than they’re asking for.
Respect and in solidarity and music.
Tracks 1-11: Everything You Said Was Wrong (LP)
Tracks 12-16: Everything Stays (EP)
All titles composed by Karl A.D. Evangelista/M. Rei Scampavia (Grexsounds, ASCAP)
For Ayler, the rats, & everything that happened.
Have you heard this story? A man injures his leg during the hunt. He's in the middle of the savannah, with no means to treat the wound. The leg rots and death approaches. The last minute he's picked up by an airplane. He looks down and sees a land of pure white below him, glistening in the light. It's the summit of a snow-capped mountain; the mountain is Kilimanjaro. As he gazes down, he feels the life flowing out of him, and he thinks, "That's where I was headed..."
This whole thing started in a living room in Oakland. Over a decade, half a dozen albums, hundreds of performances, and tens of thousands of miles later, it still feels like yesterday - even though absolutely everything has changed. If you follow the sound, you’ll know what we mean. It’s been an absolute pleasure; as our hero and friend Louis Moholo-Moholo says, “You don’t have to love us… we love you.”
Karl Evangelista - guitar, voice, drums, samples, misc.
Rei Scampavia - synth, voice, drums, misc.
Robert Lopez - drum kit on Walking Ayler in Tarzana, Criminal, Boo Ghost, Dave Darinko, and Goodnight
& Nava Dunkelman - percussion on Moon Baby, Jin’s Run, Ikki
Recorded by Myles Boisen, add. recording by Evangelista/Scampavia
Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio
Grex (Karl Evangelista, Rei Scampavia) is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a “grex”
is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz....more
supported by 20 fans who also own “Everything You Said Was Wrong”
So happy to see a new album from this band. I've long been a fan of Mazurek and Parker's work in Tortoise, on top of the CUQ... Anyhow, if you're curious about contemporary jazz, this is a terrific place to start.