Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ferris & The Wheels Hollow 2013


 
One of the better pure independent bands to test the waters in some time.
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
The great thing about Ferris & The Wheels would be they simply don't ride the same three chords in an attempt for a quick payday. In reality they may be both a critic and record labels worst nightmare with a sound that runs from alternative grunge to an REM vibe to just a touch of outlaw country. While some may wince at a new indie band attempting to run the sonic table, strong songwriting and an innate chemistry that seems to leap from your speakers is at times unmistakable. The last band this versatile may have well been REM.
 
The band is already riding a wave of notoriety for their anti-bullying song "Can't By Yourself" with the amazing aspect that you don't have to be a teenager to dig it. The vocals are tight, the band has an infectious energy with perhaps the only downside being this is a five track EP. No matter, these five tracks are better than some of the contemporaries complete albums.
 
Music is a business. Being commercial does not mean selling it out it means you are smart enough to know how, where, and why you need to market your talent. There is a subtle commercial "likeability" that runs just below the surface. This band is the epitome of why I moved my musical journey outside of the rigors confines of improvisational music and went in search of such diamonds in the rough as Ferris & The Wheels.
 
Don't believe me? Check out the Amazon link:
 
 
Tracks: Hold Your Tongue; Can't By Yourself; Hollow; Let's Get Into Something; Allow Me
 
Personnel: Vocals/Guitar/BGV Geoff Ferris; Drums/Percussion Patrick Gullett; Bass Brent Tarka Layman; Guitar/Acoustic/BGV Nathan Schock; Keys Wes Bailey; Guitar/BGV Andrew Bazinet; Gang Vocals: Geoff Ferris, Andrew Bazinet, Patrick Gullett, Rachel Gullett & Mikie Martel
 
 
 


Hot on the heels of their new viral video, Nashville group Ferris & The Wheels will be releasing their highly anticipated debut EP 'Hollow' on December 17, 2013. The band's new anti-bullying video 'Can't By Yourself" has been garnering attention worldwide! Described as a "carnival ride of Indie-Folk-Grunge", Ferris & The Wheels new 5-song EP takes you on a ride of indie folk rock to hard rock, alternative grunge and progressive rock. Geoff Ferris, lead singer and songwriter, born in Bad Axe, MI, and former lead singer of the band 'Bad Axe', has had success in Boston and Nashville as a musician. In 2012, Ferris and drummer Patrick Gullett formed Ferris & The Wheels.

Says Geoff Ferris, "I didn't pre-plan a concept for this EP, but as I pieced the songs together it has both a musical and story flow. The way I write is to show you can blend stories of real experiences with different styles of rock and make it flow. The only metaphor I can think of is... Imagine a bird flying through multiple environments (from a quiet sunny field on a cool spring morning, to a shady tree on a hot summer day, to a rushing and screaming waterfall on an autumn evening) all the while, whistling different melodies to go along with the experience."

The band's new video "Can't By Yourself" deals with the serious subject of bullying. Says Geoff, "The video is for our first single 'Can't By Yourself' and portrays an anti-bullying message. It's a story of three middle school kids who are being picked on by a mutual bully. Once they realize their nemesis is the same guy, they team together and get him back in an ultimate showdown on the school playground. After listening to the song, videographer, Andrew Yontz, was inspired to write something with a positive message. He wrote, directed, filmed, and edited the entire video, and I couldn't be happier. My wife is a kindergarten teacher, both my kids attend public school, and I was a public school teacher (Special Education), so I've been really proud to pass this video on to my friends who are teachers. The actors were all local middle schoolers, and it was filmed at a school just south of Nashville."
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjh962BE6A
As a self-proclaimed "Rock Fanatic", Geoff has a wide range of musical tastes: classic rock, folk, progressive, grunge, alternative, pop and modern indie. His biggest influences started with oldies and Motown, but quickly moved to Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, The Beatles, Neil Young and The Beach Boys. By the time he was 13 in 1994, Geoff was just beginning to have his mind blown by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bob



Hot on the heels of their new viral video, Nashville group Ferris & The Wheels will be releasing their highly anticipated debut EP 'Hollow' on December 17, 2013. The band's new anti-bullying video 'Can't By Yourself" has been garnering attention worldwide! Described as a "carnival ride of Indie-Folk-Grunge", Ferris & The Wheels new 5-song EP takes you on a ride of indie folk rock to hard rock, alternative grunge and progressive rock. Geoff Ferris, lead singer and songwriter, born in Bad Axe, MI, and former lead singer of the band 'Bad Axe', has had success in Boston and Nashville as a musician. In 2012, Ferris and drummer Patrick Gullett formed Ferris & The Wheels.

Says Geoff Ferris, "I didn't pre-plan a concept for this EP, but as I pieced the songs together it has both a musical and story flow. The way I write is to show you can blend stories of real experiences with different styles of rock and make it flow. The only metaphor I can think of is... Imagine a bird flying through multiple environments (from a quiet sunny field on a cool spring morning, to a shady tree on a hot summer day, to a rushing and screaming waterfall on an autumn evening) all the while, whistling different melodies to go along with the experience."

The band's new video "Can't By Yourself" deals with the serious subject of bullying. Says Geoff, "The video is for our first single 'Can't By Yourself' and portrays an anti-bullying message. It's a story of three middle school kids who are being picked on by a mutual bully. Once they realize their nemesis is the same guy, they team together and get him back in an ultimate showdown on the school playground. After listening to the song, videographer, Andrew Yontz, was inspired to write something with a positive message. He wrote, directed, filmed, and edited the entire video, and I couldn't be happier. My wife is a kindergarten teacher, both my kids attend public school, and I was a public school teacher (Special Education), so I've been really proud to pass this video on to my friends who are teachers. The actors were all local middle schoolers, and it was filmed at a school just south of Nashville."
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQjh962BE6A
As a self-proclaimed "Rock Fanatic", Geoff has a wide range of musical tastes: classic rock, folk, progressive, grunge, alternative, pop and modern indie. His biggest influences started with oldies a