Not everyone gets to wake up and say,
"Holy shit, I really love my life."
But we Greco boys do. We aren't major pop stars, we don't have limitless talent, or money enough to not worry about it, but what we do have is, incredible fans, friends, and family. And we get to do what we love.
We party and get wild. We play video games, eat good food, drink good drinks. Stay out too late, and run around with deviant and mischievous men and women.
But even more than that we absolutely love getting on stage and rocking out, and that only happens because of awesome people like you! And we want to be involved in what you guys do. So if you see us around town, or need a pick me up, or got an event you want us to come to, let us know. Send us a message here or Facebook stalk the boys, and we'll see if we can hook up.
Also check out the single that fits our attitude right now.
- Need some more Greco in your life?
- Need a reason to work off those holiday pounds from Thanksgiving?
Then get up and dance your ass off to our new song "Who's Fooling Who"!
Please feel free to share it with your friends, share it with your mom, share it with your neighbor, and if you haven't yet, send us a message for tickets on Dec 3rd. We're gonna have a wild night at the new Masquerade in Underground.
We aren't a political group. We are men who believe in inclusion, equality, and love. For all of you who feel fear or anxiety over where our country is headed, we want you to know, we love you, we will stand with you, and we will do whatever it takes to make the American dream everyone's reality.
The truth is we don't fret a lot about what songs we are playing, as long as we are doing them justice. It doesn't matter if it is a piece that is well known on the radio, or just a local band that we love. It's about getting people into the music. And playing a well known cover song is a great way to get people involved at a show who aren't as familiar with original material. It also is a way to pay homage, as we've done with Bowie and a few other artists who have inspired us.
We'd like to one day find a cover song and make it ours. By that we mean honoring a song the way only a select few have. If you have or haven't heard them. Take a minute and check them out, who knows they might blow your mind and change the way you see everyday.
Jimi Hendrix covering Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone"
Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
Johnny Cash doing NIN "Hurt"
So, I went to Smith's Olde Bar to see my friend's band. We all know how that goes; you show up, pay your cover charge, spend a couple hours of getting a headache, drinking cheap beer & whiskey all in the name of being a good friend to your buddy who happens to be a drummer and wants to be a rock-star. Those are the parameters you set in your head as you mentally prepare yourself for the worst, but hope for the best. God forbid you waste a Friday night on a mediocre band that occasionally practices in their parents' garage; maybe you can get out of there in time to hit a good bar or club before it's too late.
However, the exact opposite was my experience:
- The band: Greco
- The venue: Packed
- The energy: Special
Crowd favorite "Half as Bad" starts and the audience shouts back "I want you, I want you!" in the chorus. You can hear the Rolling Stones influence in this tune, and the fans don't seem to mind. The boys mellow it down for the romantic sounding "Magic" and again, the audience joins in for the chorus "ooh la la..." as the front man at one point hits his knees declaring "she's magic". The tempo picks back up for "Everybody Talks" just one of two covers the guys performs that night (they killed it, of course.) Sebastian croons away, and Josh shows he is a rock god in the making, playing the better half of one of his later solos with his teeth, all while the fans are going wild.
The band's motto: Sing. Dance. Sweat. Sex. There is no question as to why, as there is no shortage of dancers on the floor singing along and bringing shots to the stage.
Greco has a growing following of awesome people, so leaving with new friends is probable. If you missed this show, you can catch them again at SweetWater Brewery for the first ever Sunday Service Industry Special (Sept 25th), and again for a Halloween show @ Smith's Olde Bar on Oct 28th. I know I'll be there, (I've heard rumors the new Greco EP will be for sale), and if you come out, I know you'll get bewitched too.
If you don't know their names stop reading right now and go listen to them.
Jeff Beck - There and Back
Buddy Guy - Live at Red Rocks
If you are still reading that must mean you know who they are! (or you just watched some videos)...
Either way that gets us super pumped, because if you dig them and you like us, we know you love good rock n roll. Which is what we try to play all the damn time.
Getting to see them was amazing! It was similar to catching the Rolling Stones or Elton John this year. Now you might ask, "Why is the band going to see all these old artists? Why not new bands?"
Well the answer is, "We do both!" We love seeing the music our parents jammed out, just as much as the music of our youth, and just as much as the bands we love that are modern now. So here is a list of bands that we love, maybe you've heard them or maybe not, but give em a listen. And who knows you might be watching a legend live, before they reach their legendary status.
NEW MUSIC - That kicks ass!
Stokeswood - Our Streets
The Future Babes - Dazed
Five Shot Jack - El Paso
Father John Misty - Real Love Baby
Leon Bridges - Smooth Sailing
St. Vincent - Digital Witness
OLDER MUSIC - That still kicks ass, but you unfortunately can't see live anymore...
INXS - Elegantly Wasted
David Bowie - The Next Day
Prince - Musicology
White Stripes - The Denial Twist (maybe one day...)
- Inspiration & First Notes
- Practice, Rewrites, & Bitching
Practice: Once we have an idea down, we play whatever parts we have written at rehearsal. Often times we start a song and by the end it is so changed and completely reworked that maybe a few lines or the key of the song stays the same. We sometimes argue about notes
- "Let's go D-G-A" - Zach
- "No that's too formulaic." - Gab
- "It works, that's why it's a fucking formula!" - Zach
- "Let's do both then!" - Sab
The big secret for us is that nothing is sacred and no part is too good to not get better or get thrown out. The lyrics get reworked, the riffs get changed, sometimes we make the verse a chorus and the chorus goes in the trash. A big part of our process is that we always take the time to record and to listen to it again and again, to see if it is where we want to go, or if it is something new.Ego: A huge shout-out to our older brother Johann. He has helped us write some great songs, but more importantly he helped us learn to reflect and change our songs without taking it personally. We all have natural swagger and braggadocious attitudes, but we keep them in check when it comes to writing songs. If the Beatles or the Stones could write a bad song we know we could, so we will do everything we can for that not to happen. It sometimes is the hardest part about writing a song; you write a piece you really dig, or a whole song that you dig, but it doesn't work out. It doesn't flow, so it goes in the trash. Maybe to be recycled, maybe to get reworked, or maybe it is gone for good.
Fans: The most important part of our songwriting is you. Once we have a song down, we play it for fans. Whether that is debuting it at a show, or playing it a private rehearsal show for some kick ass fans, (and yes we totally want our fans to come check those out, if you are interested hit us up on FACEBOOK or TWITTER) or playing that in a car. If you guys can't get into it; if it doesn't make you feel something. If you don't want to Sing. Dance. Sweat. Sex. to the music, then fuck it we will write a new song.
Also we are looking for some more local Atliens to join us for our two upcoming video shoots. All people 21+ can reach out to us via the CONTACT page on the site.
Zach - As a child I always loved coming home when my father was off work early. He would have the doors and windows open blasting music out across the neighborhood. He'd often let my brother and I choose the music, and my favorite album to put on was Changesbowie. I'd pretend I was alone in "Space Oddity" and dream about "Life on Mars". I didn't see a difference in the sci-fi I read as a kid and what Bowie sang. He was everything I wanted to be. He was his own man, his own culture. His impact is so lasting, because he was known for his artistry. He is the closest I'll ever come to understanding what Picasso or Warhol did to culture. I did get to see him as a child, during the Sound+Vision tour my parents took me to see him, and I thought how cool is it that he would sing or play the saxophone and then step off stage and have a smoke, and let the band just jam.