Hailing from Montreal, Canada, The Grunions is a four-piece instrumental collective, fusing surf-jazz soundscapes with a notably classic reverb-drenched sound of the sixties. Comprised of Andrew Joncas (guitar), Jeremy Lear (bass) and Christian Ingelevics (drums) and Nick Teehan (saxophone and keys), The Grunions are quickly gaining attention through their highly rhythmic and lively performances and infectious tracks. Formed in April 2019, The Grunions started off strong, garnering a large following and subsequently impressive catalog of tracks. The band just finished recording their brand new singles “The Dark Comet Suite Part I & II” and “The Dark Comet Suite Part III” with recording engineer Pietro Amato and are swiftly working towards finishing their debut full-length album “Star Fish Prime” later this month.
“The Dark Comet Suite Part I & II” begins and ignites a faster pace and that notable spy-core energy level. The piece goes on to fill the room with that wholesome, united orchestral brightness, yet the journey pours through with various details and moments that lean back and forth between optimism and uncertainty. As an introduction to the artist, or simply a go-to whenever the evening needs a little instrumental ambiance to keep things moving, “The Dark Comet Suite Part I & II” is a dazzling release, from the performers of The Grunions that have a clear passion for musical creativity and expression on every level.
The first half of the project has a certain jazz-inspired air to it with the mysterious flickers of character and intention. Then during the latter half, in “The Dark Comet Suite Part III” the drums take on the role of a lead instrument, followed by guitar and the notable sax. Distortion joins the party, and rhythm takes things into a more energetic groove. What begins as a gentle, jazz-inspired, organic meeting of instrumental moments, uplifting, hopeful and genuine swiftly evolves into something slightly more complex and experimental while managing t