Filipino-American guitarist/composer Karl Evangelista ranks among a new wave of creative musicians grounded in jazz, 20th century experimentalism, and popular song, exploring the place of multiculturalism and ethnic co-existence in an increasingly post-cultural, trans-idiomatic cultural space. Evangelista’s music has been called “essential current-and-future listening,” a “near-seamless blend of modern jazz, contemporary structuralist composition, indie rock, and blues rock” (Tiny Mix Tapes). This complex, powerful aesthetic fosters an “otherworldly experience” that is “completely original” (Eugene Weekly).
ELECTRIC GHOST PARADE ALBUM RELEASE TOUR (2018)New Album Available July 20, 2018 at grex.bandcamp.com! (Available for Preorder on June 11) Oakland art rock band Grex stages a triumphant nationwide tour in celebration of the release of the new album Electric Ghost Parade, joined by an array of top-shelf adventurers, innovators, and exciters.
June 15, 9pm, Grex w/Gentleman Surfer, Amy Reed @ Fox & Goose (Sacramento, CA) June 16, 4pm, Grex w/Everybody Dies for Now, Rob Ford Explorer @ Reno Community Radio (Reno, NV) June 18, 8pm, Grex w/Tiny Ghost, Chris Icasiano @ Royal Room (Seattle, WA) June 19, 7pm, Grex w/Hammer of Hathor, Tamayo/Shintaku, JP Jenkins @ Le Voyeur (Olympia, WA) June 20, 9pm, Grex w/Mood Area 52, Megan Johns @ Old Nick's (Eugene, OR) June 21, 9pm, Grex w/Galaxy Research, Rllrbll @ Kenton Club (Portland, OR) June 22, 8pm, Grex w/ Tetrachromat, Nauticult, Bliss Point, Shimmer Traps @ Alternative Library (Bellingham, WA) June 23, 8pm, Grex w/The Social Stomach, San Kazakgascar Solo @ Mothership Music (Portland, OR) June 26, 8pm, Grex w/The Grok, Nicey Nice World @ The Merrow (San Diego, CA) June 27, 8pm, Grex w/Logan Hone, Max Kutner, Emily Hay/Steuart Liebig Duo @ Silverlake Lounge (Los Angeles, CA) June 29, 9pm, Grex w/Baast @ 4th Street Vine (Long Beach, CA) June 30, 9pm, Grex @ Joshua Tree Saloon (Joshua Tree, CA) July 3, 8pm, Grex w/Tatsuya Nakatani @ Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. (Truth or Consequences, NM) July 4, 6pm, Grex w/Hayden Pedigo, Andrew Weathers, Fat Lava @ Mariposa Eco-Village (Amarillo, TX) July 7, 8pm, Grex w/Heterodyne, Pagan Reagan @ Rhizome (Washington, DC) July 8, 9pm, Grex w/Chester Hawkins @ Galaxy Hut (Arlington, VA) July 9, Grex @ (Providence, RI) July 10, 8pm, Grex w/Fable Grazer, The Modern Voice, Brown Lasers @ Midway Cafe (Boston, MA) July 11, 7pm, Grex w/Ron Anderson/Kevin Shea Duo, Aaron Novik, Max Jaffe @ H0L0 (Queens, NY) July 12, 9pm, Grex w/Devin Hoff Solo, Shayna Dunkelman/Lim Yang/Grey McMurray @ Pine Box Rock Shop (Brooklyn, NY) July 13, 7pm, Grex w/Mitch Esparza @ Random Tea Room (Philadelphia, PA) July 14, 8pm, Grex w/Special Guest Allen Lowe @ Best Video (Hamden, CT) July 15, Grex @ Elbo Room (Chicago, IL) July 16, 7pm, Grex w/Music Research Strategies (Marshall Trammell) @ Uptown Arts Bar (Kansas City, MO) July 19, 7pm, Grex Live on KFJC(Palo Alto, CA) July 20, 8:30pm, Grex w/IMA, Qualia, Orchestra di Pazzi @ Fireside Lounge (Alameda, CA)
Tiny Mix Tapes writes, "Grex are taking the rarer path of off-kilter rock as an evolutionary step from creative improvisation. The musicianship exhibited by the core duo is staggering." The band says that "Electric Ghost Parade is the record that Grex has always wanted to make. It is both a big, blistering collection of songs straight out of the heyday of psychedelic rock and an uncompromising slice of 21st century abstraction. Even though our music could be characterized as esoteric, we're always careful to make sure that it is still accessible."
The album title commemorates lost loved ones and gives a nod to both Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and a line from a well-loved Bob Dylan song. The band's influences include 60's psychedelic rock, classic free jazz, raging 80's post-punk, and Bay Area noise rock--acknowledging the inescapable pieces of the past while blazing a trail into the future.
Grex is Karl A.D. Evangelista on guitar, vocals, percussion and Rei Scampavia on keyboards, vocals, percussion and electronics. The record is the band's sixth release, produced by Karl A.D. Evangelista, recorded at El Studio in San Francisco by Phil Manley (Trans Am, Golden, The Fucking Champs), and mastered by Myles Boisen (engineer for Tzadik, Black Saint, New Albion, Inakt, and others). Drummer Robert Lopez (Naytronix) features on the album, and additional studio personnel includes Tim DeCillis on percussion, Rob Ewing on trombone, Jordan Glenn on percussion, Lewis Jordan on alto saxophone, Theo Padouvas on trumpet, Shanna Sordahl on cello, Cory Wright on saxophones, and Wicka Wicka and Jim Kaiser on cage/electronics.
The thirteen tracks on Electric Ghost Parade are 1. "Quicksilver," 2. "TM26," 3. "Martha," 4. "Mal & Luma," 5. "Feelin' Squiddy," 6. "Husk," 7. "Round Trip," 8. "Saints," 9. "Quincy," 10. "Transpiration," 11. "Bad Cop," 12. "Mango Mango," and 13. "Old Dogs." The band has crafted a collection of all-original compositions that shine through a mix of careening male/female vocals, Evangelista's explosive, innovative guitar work, and Scampavia's rock solid keyboards.