On April 14th, 2017, we booked our first house show with no music, no rhymes, and no arrangements prepared; all we knew is that we wanted our performance to be thoughtful, new, and fun as hell. One week later, on April 21st in our friends’ basement, we debuted the first chunk of Opus 421, as the Gryzzle Big Band.
It’s been almost two years since our debut set, and almost nothing has changed. Sure, we’ve got more shows under our belt, we put out our first record, and we cut the “big band” from our name and settled on just “Gryzzle”, but we still write and perform our music with the same sense of spontaneity and thoughtfulness that we brought with us into that basement two years ago.
We love to ask our friends and listeners to describe our sound:
“It’s like if Earl Sweatshirt and the Talking Heads had a baby.”
“Mac Miller meets Snarky Puppy meet Frank Zappa?”
“It’s funky, it’s jazzy, but there’s rapping, too… Honestly, I have no idea.”
Like most folks our age, we don’t really subscribe to labels, but if we had to put a name to our music, it’s definitely fusion. We each bring a unique taste to the “writer’s room”, and you can hear it in our funk-inspired horn breaks, in our spoken-word gospel-like passages, and in the occasional cheeky disco-pop melody – oh, and there’s rapping.
Since Gryzzle’s 2017 inception, we have taken our sound up and down the East Coast, and have performed at a number of clubs and festivals, including FloydFest 2018. We have shared stages with artists like Foster the People, Chris Bullock (of Snarky Puppy), Electric Kif, and many more. In 2018, we scored first place in Jammin’ Java’s Band Battle. We are featured in Relix Magazine’s January-February 2019 edition.
We also are heavily invested in our local community, playing benefit concerts as often as we can that support local charity, business, and art.