This is a great time of year to support Colorado bands and buy their CDs for the holidays.
Fort Collins’ The Grippe has been making a name for itself with its fusion of modern funk, rock and jazz riffs. The local band recently released its debut CD and the project features special guest Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic).
The Grippe’s been busy building up a following along the Front Range, opening shows for popular acts like Soulive, Bustle in Your Hedgerow and The New Mastersounds
The Grippe’s hoping to create a buzz for its own brand of music, so drummer Stu Crair was ready to talk to the Colorado Daily about his band.
Q: How did The Grippe get started in Fort Collins?
A: We’ve been together for a little over two years. I moved to Fort Collins to play music and I started meeting all these people on the local scene.
There’s not as many venues as there are in Boulder, but there’s a lot of great music coming out of Fort Collins.
When Walter Hannah, Charlie Humphreys and I got together to form The Grippe, we could just feel this musical connection. We just became this powerful funk unit.
Q: Your band fuses modern funk, jazz guitar riffs and rhythmic interplay — how did you come up with the mix?
A: We wanted to create a modern funk and jazz sound. We’re all intelligent guys and we wanted to make some intelligent, modern music.
We love old time soul, R&B, jazz, and funk from the ’70s, so we have sounds that are somewhat familiar.
We also like our sound to stay young and fresh, so we’ve added some more modern rock elements, electric guitar and driving keyboard sounds.
Q: How has the band promoted its career?
A: We’ve gotten to open for headlining acts like Lettuce, Soulive and The New Mastersounds.
We’re also very indie and we do everything ourselves. We do our own promotions. It’s hard work, but then the rewards are all ours.
We all have day jobs and we play in several different bands, but The Grippe is our major focus.
Q: Why is the band excited about the new self-titled CD?
A: We’re excited, because we did everything ourselves.
We recorded it in a small local studio, mixed it, and we had David Glasser master the CD at Airshow Mastering. He’s worked on projects with String Cheese Incident and Dave Matthews.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff on this record. I think we really made a bridge and connected older sounds to modern ones.
We wanted to show that there’s a musical connection between the past and the present — and people are picking up on it.
Q: Why will this CD make a good holiday gift?
A: I think we’ve released some really good stuff — and this record is good for people of all ages.
This CD will make you want to dance, it will get you moving and it will inspire people. We have a new and exciting approach to music, so this would make a really good holiday gift.