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The Gris Gris

  • 1. Raygun
    2. Everytime
    3. Mary #38
    4. Me Queda Um Bejou
    5. Plain Vanilla
    6. Necessary Separation
    7. Best Regards
    8. Medication #3
    9. Winter Weather
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 058

  • Credits
    EngineerGreg Ashley; Greg Ashley

    The Gris Gris: Oscar Michel (bass guitar); Greg Ashley, Joe Haener.
    Personnel: Greg Ashley (vocals, guitar); Carlos Bermudez (saxophone); Shavon Hutchison (double bass); Joe Haener (drums).
    Recording information: Oscar's Basement.
    Photographer: Deb Zeller.
    Oakland's the Gris Gris's self-titled debut came at a time when the American indie rock underground was experiencing a revival of '60s-era psychedelia in all its different guises. Running the gamut from the trippy side to one of more twisted pop, the Gris Gris prove equally adept at both ends of the spectrum, most evidently on the lead-off track, "Raygun," which features deep atmospherics and an almost Stones-worthy singalong stomp. While not necessarily reinventing the wheel, it's certain that the players are at least having fun rolling over previously laid ground.

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.145) - "[T]heir approach is sufficiently and impressively idiosyncratic to escape easy comparison - a promising sign that their originality outshines mere stylization."
    Magnet (p.106) - "[E]xpansive and multi-dimensional....Definitely immaculate."
    CMJ (p.37) - "Gris Gris' Greg Ashley has gone through great pains to create a monstrous reverb with no real point of reference that conjures up all kinds of signifiers, and its pretty damn cool to boot."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[The album] brilliantly evokes an inner journeying pursued the world over....Something just about coherent, distinctly other and rather far out."
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