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San Jose, CA
SAN JOSE -- This six-song release from San Francisco's Outgrabe is a highly polished eclectic work of art that transcends musical genres and stylings. Overall, the musicianship is topnotch. Outgrabe has the ability to sound like LA punk legends X at some points and Heart at others. The two harmonizing vocalists of the group, Christopher St. John and Chloe Calaveras, intertwine their complementing roles with a smooth and dark twist. The guitar work of Peter Morley ranges from Andy Summers type flanges to Romeo Voidish tones while providing the band its third weapon.
The tracks "Love Me" and "Sweet Dreams in the City" are standouts with the latter displaying the electric dulcimer skills of St. John (could be wrong, it could be Morley on a whole other instrument but it sounds like a dulcimer). Outgrabe is a band who you don't see much playing the circuit. If the band is able to reproduce their studio quality in the clubs, they'd really be a force on the local music scene. You can find out when the band will be performing by going to their website at www.outgrabe.com. (Howard Adams)
Albany, Kensington, El Cerrito, CA
June 29, 2001
Local band Outgrabe rocks on for a growing following
SAN FRANCISCO -- South of Market in the loud and funky Lennon rehearsal studios, the band Outgrabe assembles twice a week to make music, improvise anew riff or two and work to become famous, or almost famous.
The band has developed a distinctive style and loyal Bay Area following since being formed by lead singer, guitarist and electric dulcimer player, Christopher St. John, six years ago. St. John writes the lyrics and creates the chords and melodies for the band's songs.
The name, Outgrabe, comes from "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll. Alice is told that the word describes "something between bellowing andwhistling, with a kind of sneeze in the middle" and that "when you've once heard it, you'll be quite content."
"That really struck me. What an amazing thing to strive for, musically," St. John said. "You hear it once and you're quite content. I would like to hear that kind of music." Their music is accessible with a back-beat you can't lose and engaging lyrics. Chloe Calaveras described their sound as "pop alt rock."
Calaveras, whose voice has a Grace Slick/Annie Lennox quality, grew upplaying the clarinet and later taught herself the flute; her musical idol was Ann Wilson of the band Heart. She and St. John have been married for six years and live in San Francisco.
St. John said the band started out playing "purely acoustically" at coffee houses in 1995. They played original songs by St. John and traditional Scottish folk songs. "We still do a couple of old folk songs now," St. John said.
The band "went electric" in 1997 and has released two CDs, the most recent, "Love in the Time of War," made the playlists of more than 326 college and community radio stations, 76 commercial stations in the United States and Canada, and 20 Internet stations. It charted to number four at KMUD in Redway, Calif., number five at WBMB in New York City and WDWN in Auburn, N.Y. The CD made it into the "Top 30" on 18 college radio stations and charted on three "heavy metal" charts.
During the summer months Outgrabe plays two or three times a month at different Bay Area clubs and street festivals.
San Francisco, CA
March 6, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO -- It's understandable why Outgrabe is popular on university radio stations. It has a sound that holds to that experimental college credo: slightly bizarre and resisting pigeonholes with fervor. A strange blend of punk, new age, and metal collides with sometimes folky vocal harmonies.
Reminscent of Stevie Nicks, vocalist Chloe Calaveras is the female half of the dueling vocal team backed by an intricate twisting guitar. The lyrics are heavy handed, but the sound is an intriguing, if confusing, mix of hard-driving rock and new age Celtic. The highlight of the album, "We Like Angels Never Weep," retains the weighty lyrics but is guided by a quieter plucked melody. Outgrabe is an unusual fusion of punked-out sounds combined with exotic instruments like the electric dulcimer. Who knew such a thing could work? (AA)
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