Long Island Based Foursome to Play First Show of the New Year at the Legendary Venue On The Heels of Their Debut Album Release “Classic Breeze”
New York, NY (January, 2016) — In a world of ever-growing music genres and subgenres it can often be a hard sell for band’s attempting to mix a lot of different influences while still keeping unique elements to their sound that make them stand out. For Long Island’s own Gnarly Karma however, this seems fairly effortless in regards to their debut album “Classic Breeze”- released via iTunes in late September of this year. Now, as the band heads into 2016, you’ll have your chance to catch them Saturday, January 23rd at New York City’s The Bitter End– 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY!
The group consisting of members Mike Renert (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica), Jarrod Beyer (Drums, Percussion), Ryan McAdam (Bass), and Billy Hanley (Alto & Tenor Saxophone, Keyboard, BGV’s) brings a wide and varied range of influences to the table equating to their unique sound, which is most often associated with that of Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, and Mumford & Sons, but not restricted by genre. Originally starting in 2012 with Renert and Beyer, McAdam and Hanley later came into the mix having gone to school together with Beyer, who’d also performed with McAdam in Alt band “We Love Radio”.
Though the “outer layer” of their music could be most closely associated with the folksy “jam” elements of bands like DMB, Mumford, or even O.A.R., a more unique style mixing a harder acoustic-punk, post-hardcore edge in many of the songs off “Classic Breeze” makes it evident that–like many bands often pigeonholed by genres–there’s more to find when you keep peeling. With songs like the acoustic driven “Neptune” evoking Jimmy Eat World’esque or even Taking Back Sunday comparisons, “Directions” could be more closely associated with that of Dave Matthews through not only Hanley’s eloquent horn arrangement but Renerts vocals as well. A tune like “Please Come Home” brings these elements full circle with its catchy chorus “Don’t ask me where I’m going // Don’t ask me where I’ve been” with overdubbed crowd vocals making the true live band experience unmistakeable.
With so many musical elements making up the true core of Gnarly Karma, the band has said of both past and upcoming performances “We give it our all at every show, and do everything in our power to make sure the people that come to see us feel our energy and contribute to it”. And with “Classic Breeze” having debuted earlier this year, you can kick off the new year and bring some of your own Gnarly Karma and positivity to see them rock The Bitter End on Saturday, January 23rd at 147 Bleecker St, New York, NY!
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