The Grip Weeds – Christmas Bring Us

The Grip Weeds were formed in 1988 in New Brunswick, New Jersey by brothers Rick Reil (guitar) and Kurt Reil (drums). The band is named after the fictional character “Musketeer Gripweed”, played by John Lennon in Richard Lester’s 1967 motion picture How I Won The War.

Their music is often classified in the Power Pop, Psychedelic Rock and Garage Rock categories. Influences include The Beatles, The Who, Big Star, Buffalo Springfield, The Yardbirds, The Smithereens, The Byrds, and Jefferson Airplane.

In November of this year, the band released “Under The Influence of Christmas.”

For Under The Influence Of Christmas, The Grip Weeds invited many special guest artists – many of whom they have worked with recently at The House Of Vibes, their own commercial recording studio.

Former lead singer of Paul Revere and The Raiders Mark Lindsay, members of The Smithereens, The Left Banke, along with Underground Garage faves The Doughboys, The Anderson Council and more.

Along with the aforementioned ”Christmas, Bring Us”, Under The Influence Of Christmas features three new Grip Weeds originals, cover versions of rock classics by Jethro Tull, The Pretenders and ELP, along with newly arranged versions of Christmas staples such as ”Hark The Herald Angels Sing” and ”Welcome Christmas” from The Grinch!

The Grip Weeds’ first holiday single ”Christmas, Bring Us” was originally released in 2006 and has gone on to become a perennial favorite among fans and radio programmers alike. So the band decided to up the ante with a full album of holiday goodness this year.

Tonight I’ll feature “Christmas Bring Us.”

Christmas Bring Us – The Grip Weeds

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