Oakland, California is home to many great rock bands and that is no exception for the indie rockers Grumsling. The four-piece band has an original and charismatic sound that can be fascinating, eerie, catchy and strange all at once. The band has recently released two EP’s; Full Coverage and A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea, which are both filled with experimental sounds and witty lyrics.
Full Coverage has some tender moments as well as great rock and roll. The soft guitar on “SGS” provides a relaxing tempo while lead vocalist Carl Flynn delivers his somewhat sung and mostly spoken verses. The EP stays mostly even keeled throughout the sevens tracks but it is on A Church, On a Boat, In the Sea that the band shines through.
The jazz and rock infused opening track “Tree” sets the mood for the entire EP, which is two tracks shorter than it’s predecessor, but twice as good. “Pre Game” sounds like it could have been on Phish’s album Undermind and shows some real maturation from the band. Grumsling recorded both EP’s at House of Faith Recording in Oakland and smartly had both handled by separate producers. The eclectic styles of both bring out the best in the band and help them go into different places that they might not have gone if they continued to use the same for each one.
Grumsling is a creative project that produces excellent music. In a long list of successful bands that come out of Oakland, this one could head towards the top in no time.