- Artist: Gravity Willing
- Format: CD
- Release Date:11/13/2001
Gravity Willing is: Nick de Sieyes: Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars Sam Kearney: Electric Guitars, Vocals Ben Bromley: Keyboards, Vocals Ross Simonini: Bass Guitars James Sutton: Drums & Percussion The final, faith-questioning thoughts of a dying Crusader; the deafening silence of a sleepless night; Hades' summertime heartache for Persephone; these are a few of the themes behind the music of Gravity Willing, who have since fall 2000 brought their fresh 'power pop laced with alternative rock' (as described by AudioGalaxy.com) to the Santa Barbara scene. The variety of themes presented in the music is reflected by the various musical histories of the band members: the solo folk past of Nick de Sieyes, Sam Kearney's Bay Area punk years, the indie-rock background of Ben Bromley, Ross Simonini's years of jazz guitar and study of orchestral composition, and the prog-rock percussion foundation of James Sutton. These influences pervade the music of Requia, the band's emotional debut. While the band is young (four of the five are under 22), critics have met the October 2001 release with rave reviews (see attached press sheet). With an eclectic and at times progressive rock/pop hybrid sound that is reminiscent of Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam and yet all their own at the same time, the distinctly improvisational style of their live performances has built the group a fiercely loyal and ever-expanding college following. Gravity Willing has opened for such acts as Dishwalla, Jack Johnson, Save Ferris, Pressure 4-5, The Samples, and The Pharcyde. 'Picture this: four UCSB students meet in Isla Vista and decide to start a band. Familiar story? Yes. But that's where familiarity ends. This band's debut release is better than most band's third or fourth effort.' ~ Mike Dawson, Music Director KTYD 99.9FM Santa Barbara. ''Gravity Willing' has created a rock-alternative-pop success with the stunning 'Requia.'... This is one of the best indie rock releases of 2001, you can bet on it. Just imagine, this is only the beginning...' ~ Keith Hannaleck, Staff Writer, MusicDish.com.
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