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The Grip Weeds Set to Release First Live Album Speed of Live and Live Vibes DVD

On May 21st, The Grip Weeds’ new live album Speed Of Live will be released across a variety of formats by Ground Up Records. In addition, Live Vibes, a new DVD that captures a live in-the-studio performance along with exclusive band interviews, makes its debut as part of the deluxe edition of Speed Of Live available only at The Grip Weeds Website.

Highland Park, NJ, May 02, 2012 --( Following the successful recent holiday release Under The Influence Of Christmas and 2010’s double-length juggernaut Strange Change Machine (both on the Rainbow Quartz label), Speed Of Live is the electric distillation of The Grip Weeds sound, bursting with all of the passion and power they put into every live performance. The Grip Weeds are a band for which a live album really is a true “by-popular-demand” necessity, not just a stop-gap.

“So many people write us and ask ‘When are you coming to our city?’” says Kurt Reil, Grip Weeds singer/drummer. “Economically, it’s difficult for us to get to all the places we’d like to. So we thought this would be a good way to get out to the fans the power of the live show, and the way we play some of the songs live, which is a little bit different from the way we recorded them originally in the studio.”

From the opening lift-off of “Every Minute” to the soaring finale “Astral Man,” Speed of Live is non-stop energy, a sweat-soaked high-octane totally electric set of originals that span The Grip Weeds’ entire studio catalog, but stripped down and roughed up with extra edge – plus, for good measure, a couple of very cool covers (Shakin’ All Over” and “So You Want To Be A Rock n Roll Star”) that showcase the paisley-and-polka dots roots of their sound.

Speed Of Live includes new versions of many Grip Weeds perennials awarded the title “Coolest Song in the World” on the immensely popular satellite and nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven’s Underground Garage. In 2008, Little Steven himself hand-picked an album’s worth for the Wicked Cool Records compilation Infinite Soul: The Best Of The Grip Weeds (Sony/RED).

Fittingly, the performances comprising Speed Of Live were all taken from shows around the The Grip Weeds’ (and Little Steven’s) home state of New Jersey. Four were recorded at the recently shuttered Court Tavern in New Brunswick– a night The Grip Weeds shared the bill with The Smithereens. Another nine were captured at The Record Collector, a store turned concert venue in Bordentown. The Grip Weeds will return there on May 19th to celebrate the release Speed Of Live; it will be available there first, ahead of the release date.

For those who live too far from the New Jersey/New York City area to which most Grip Weeds shows have been confined for the past several years, Speed of Live should be equally welcome– and something of a revelation. So, wherever you are in the world, when you can’t get to a Grip Weeds show, put on Speed of Live and “Be Here Now.”


Speed Of Live (CD)
1 Every Minute
2 Salad Days
3 Strange Change Machine
4 Close To The Sun
5 Be Here Now
6 Speed Of Life
7 (So You Want To Be A) Rock n Roll Star
8 Close Descending Love
9 Infinite Soul
10 Coming And Going
11 The Law
12 Shakin' All Over
13 Love's Lost On You
14 Sun Ra Ga
15 Astral Man

Live Vibes (DVD)
1 Opening Credits
2 Inside The House Of Vibes
3 Realities
4 Grip Weed History
5 Walking In Crowd
6 Kristin’s Salad Days
7 Salad Days
8 The Grip Weed Sound
9 Someone
10 Look Of Live
11 Better World
12 About ‘Telescope’
13 Telescope
14 Studio To Stage
15 Love’s Lost
16 About ‘We’re Not Get Through’
17 We’re Not Get Through
18 Evolution Of A Band
19 Get By
20 End Credits

Speed Of Live will be available across a variety of different formats:

Standard Edition: 1CD Digipak

Deluxe Edition: Speed Of Live CD, Live Vibes DVD, audio versions of Live Vibes songs plus bonus track (accessed via a download card included in the deluxe edition package), poster

Digital: Speed Of Live will be available for download in both mp3 and High Resolution formats.

Speed Of Live will be available from, CDBaby, iTunes and most major digital download destinations, with physical distribution details to be announced.
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The Grip Weeds
Eli Ransford
(732) 754-1956

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