“I believe you should put on a show for people. They paid money to come see you. They could have stayed home and listened to you. The bottom line is you’re an entertainer, so entertain,” says George Morris of George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus. Learn more about this hot new band in our latest Detroit Proud feature!
“I think you can be inspired by anything.” George Morris has been writing music since he was in high school, first in a style known as “bedroom pop.” Why? Well, he would write and record it all in his bedroom, all on his own. “Everyday interactions, books,” George says. He pulls inspiration from everything around him. He jokes “even romantic comedies. You just have to keep your eyes open.”
Their sound is not like anything you’ve heard before – especially not here in Detroit. They blend together, in perfect harmony…a mash-up of ‘70s rock and ‘60s pop, maybe a bit of a psychedelic flair, with goofy lyrics and captivating guitar melodies. Imagine if you took the gritty-bluesy rock from The Black Keys, blended in the resonance of the album Disraeli Gears by Cream (make sure you give “Sympathetic Strings” a listen), and then topped it with a poppy beat similar to The Zombies. To be fair, that only paints a small picture of who The Oscillating Fan Club are – one of Metro Detroit’s most promising up-and-coming bands.
“The fact that it’s got such a great history makes me want to be a part of it, in some small way. It may never ever work out that way, but when it’s all said and done, I would like to have in some way made a fingerprint on the culture of this city, and the attitude toward it. It also holds us to a certain standard musically.” Those are the words of Cameron Navetta, acoustic guitar and vocals for the Detroit band Jet Rodriguez, speaking of Detroit’s renowned music scene.
Inspired from the sounds of Jimi Hendrix to Nirvana to The Smiths to Radiohead, Almost Free is the Detroit trio band that can be hard to pin into any one category of music. Formed here in Metro Detroit, the band has been together for 10 years and consists of members Andy Bird (guitar, vocals, and lyrics), Bob Impemba (bass, synthesizer, and noise), and Garren Stevens (drums).