Getting to Know: Grey Sanford Band

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Every week we let a local band tell us about themselves. Today, we get to know Grey Sanford Band. You can catch the band’s next performance as part of Boston Music Spotlight’s Friday Night Spotlight Series on October 15 at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Band Name:
Grey Sanford Band

Greg Roch: Rhythm Guitar, Lead Vocal Providence RI
Neil Gagnon:Lead Guitar, Vocals Providence RI
Mike Geer: Bass, Vocals Providence RI
Angela Cardarelli: Keys; Providence RI
Kevin Lang:Drums; Springfield MA

Sunday Morning Breakfast; Danger Studios 2006
The Millhouse Sessions; Millhouse Studios 2009


How did you form?
Being mostly from the same home town we’ve been playing together on and off in different projects for as long as 15 years. The current incarnation was formed about 5 years ago when we decided to focus on songwriting with elements of improvisation rather than being a jam band. It’s kind of like a complete 180.

Who are some of your influences?
Influences are eclectic, from Sublime to Primus to Dave Matthews and Lynyrd Skynyrd. We all write, and we all have really different perspectives. It makes for a tough time selling song ideas to each other.

Finish the sentence, someone would like your band if they like…..
….the festival circuit. We’re part acoustic guitar pop, part jam band, part funk, all fun.

What has your most memorable moment as a band been?
I think the most memorable would be the first time we played Lupo’s in Providence. We were playing in support of Badfish. We were in the green room and walked out to grab some last minute things. The entire club was already packed, over 3,000 people. It was quite a site to see from backstage and to walk out to the roar of the crowd was something else!

Walk us through your songwriting process.
Everybody in the band has contributed a song to our current playlist. It’s all over the place. We write really organically, whether it’s a single riff, a bass line, or a nearly complete tune. You give it to the band and see what they give back. Sometimes it ends up sounding like what you were trying to get out of it, sometimes it takes you to a whole new place you never would have gone yourself; collaboration.

Who is the best musician in your band?
It’s hard to say. We all do our part. Everybody plays multiple instruments and writes songs. We always say that the band is greater than the sum of its parts. We all inspire each other to grow and react.

What is your favorite local venue?
Being from Providence I would say that Lupo’s is probably our favorite venue. It’s one of those old converted theaters that you saw all of your heroes play as a kid. We’ve been fortunate enough to play there on a number of occasions and its killer to stand on the same boards.

What separates you from other local bands?
Perspective. We really connect with our audience. Not in any superficial way. It is our enthusiasm for simplicity that triumphs. Craft your songs, play to serve them, lose the ego.

What do you have coming up that people should know about?
We are searching for a new drummer! After the Hard Rock show, we’ll be auditioning replacements for a permanent addition.

Convince our readers to see your next show.
We’re fired up to be playing the Hard Rock. We’re going to be introducing at least one new song; we’ve got a guest drummer that night (Kevin Lang of Fendline) who is really amazing and our goal is to tear the roof off the place.  So if you like songs you can grab onto and get down with, come check us out.

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