The Gravel Pit Manifesto (with pop-maestro producer Mike Denneen), was a brightly original, power-pop gem that earned them Best Indie Album and Best New Band at the 1996 Boston Music Awards. Their wildly energetic live shows and diverse catalogue of power-pop gems kept the momentum going strong for the next three years. They played hundreds of dates, opened for acts as diverse as Graham Parker, Cheap Trick, Gang of Four and Morphine, and released three more records on Q,: 1997's full-length No One Here Gets In For Free -- Rare and Unreleased 1989- 1997; the 1998 hit single "Favorite," produced by Denneen; and 1999's full-length Silver Gorilla, also with Denneen, which amassed critical raves across the country, from Raygun to Entertainment Weekly. The Gravel Pit were recently voted Best Band at the 2001 Independent Music Awards.
This is a band that should be huge, that could climb the charts with class. They're an original, intelligent, hard-hitting American rock band, the real thing. They've got a sense of soul and a sense of humor, infectious melodies and thinking-fan's lyrics. Their high-energy live sets are events in showmanship, honed by a decade of playing together.
But after their national Silver Gorilla tour, without the big break of a major label deal and commercial exposure, the band decided to tone down their intense live performance schedule and spread out their efforts for a while. Valauskas, Jackson and Caldes formed the Gentlemen, a hugely popular hard-rock act, with Mike Gent of the Figgs. Parish has been exploring the vast and varied terrain of his musical tastes as a solo artist. Their separate explorations haven't diminished their collective chemistry.
With the release of Mass Avenue Freeze-out, their new CD on Q Division, The Gravel Pit comes together to stake another claim as one of the most inspired power-pop outfits on the American independent music scene today. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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