The Gristle Gals’ journey began when Mandi Malone and I (Gretchen Kunz) met while playing in a Celtic rock band. Quickly realizing we had broader aspirations and an abiding interest in traditional gypsy music, folklore, and lifestyles, Mandi and I embarked on our own project in 2009 and recorded our first album, “On the Lam,” in 2010. With the addition of drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Nick Schmidt, and bassist, Kalin Capra the four of us have formed a solid base of original tunes that incorporate many – and sometimes all – of these elements, while presenting a provocative and contagious sound (in our humble opinion).
So, we’re heading into the studio in early March to record our second album, which will be released May 5th. With the help of Grammy award-winning engineer, Nick Sullivan, of Silo Sound (formerly John Macy studios), and producer, Tom Payetta, we are hopeful and optimistic we will create an album that will give us momentum and carry us on to bigger and better opportunities, while still holding true to our vision and our sound.
Working with this kind of talent in the studio isn’t cheap; this is where you come in. We have been working hard and saving our pennies, but alas, we are coming up short. Your help can enable us to get the time needed to lock in that sound that we strive for and that our fans love. The people we are working with on our new album are top-notch. We believe they can and will help us deliver our energy, our joy, and our passion to the ears of the listener.
With this album, we will gain more local recognition and get a good jump-off point for our summer tour throughout the southern U.S. We intend to infect a wider audience with our bug. (It’s okay, the CDC already knows… and they approve.)
The sales from our new album will allow us to keep putting on weird and wonderful performances and incorporate theatrical elements in our shows- we’ve written and produced scripted shows with dancers, jugglers and contortionists, and we've built stage props and costumes from the ground up…all on a top ramen budget.
Our ideal future scenario involves an airbus, a trailer, a standard poodle, an armadillo, fruit platters (no green fruit), and green skittles at every gig. We would like to tour regularly (8-9 gigs per month), with a few months off in the winter to continue writing, recording, and picking kiwis out of fruit salad. We dream big, and often, about playing… and playing… and playing. We have the touring bug for sure, and we want to come see YOU! We all sleep very well on air mattresses, spare sofas, fur-lined suitcases (ask Mandi, she’ll tell you), or even relatively un-soiled piles of laundry (no stiff socks, please).
Here’s to the journey. Thanks for readin’
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