Photo of the band at Waring School - 2004
We carry on with the year 2004 in the history of The Grift series, a huge year for the band. So many highlights to this year, with the biggest probably being…Read more
In our 21st year together as a band, the dumpster fire that is (and soon was!) 2020, we decided to run a 21 part series in which we remember (what we can) about the history of the band. If you have joined our mailing list, you will see these post alerts come to you in email form when they go live. We are also posting updates on the website about every 2 weeks until we reach 2020! Take a walk down memory lane with us. We have really enjoyed playing music together for all these years, and we hope to continue for many more to come. We so appreciate those of you who are following along. This is a bit of a self-serving exercise - but it makes it that much more special when we can relive these memories with all of you. Many of you were there:).
The song for 2004 is called In Between Takes from The Grift's release, Life Beyond Aluminum. This is a great acoustic rendition of the song, performed by Peter and Clint.
2004 was a big year for the band with recording and release of this 11 song album. It was the lineup of Clint, Peter, Jeff and Neil, with the help of producers Gary Mallaber, Dave Koltai and Greg Tobler (who also engineered). Recorded at Audio Magic studios in Buffalo, NY, the band rented a house next door and lived there for the entire month of June that year to be fully immersed in the recording process. Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!
In the winter of 2004, when we decided to work with producer Gary Mallaber on the upcoming album, we had to send him some songs to see which ones he was interested in helping with. To do so, we set up our instruments and PA in Neil’s garage and recorded a live demo.
It was a mix of established songs, some newer songs, some we were playing for almost the first time ever, and some jams that we just recorded that ended up becoming songs. We recorded live via a stereo mic direct to minidisc. It’s fun for us to listen to now because it’s really indicative of our live sound at the time.
The song that Clint chose for the year 2002 is You Say. This is a song that was written by Clint with his good friend, Rich Price (The Sweet Remains) while he was living with our good friend Pokey in Boston. It was written and performed a ton in 2002, but you can find it on The Grift's Live 2003 release. Also, head over and check out the EP released in 2002, dubbed the Free Disc. We hope you enjoy this video, and feel free to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
The song for 2003 is Welcome to Jonesville, which was recorded on Live 2003. It was definitely a staple song in those 2003 shows. Enjoy this version from Peter, Clint and Jeff, with a special guest appearance by Matt Schrag on mandolin. Thanks for watching, and we would love it if you would subscribe to our YouTube channel.