The Gravity Club ready to take on the local scene
The Gravity Club is an Ann Arbor based band that recently singed to Empty Mug Records in September and have only improved their sound since. Empty Mug Records is a student run, Ann Arbor based record label that is looking to help bands spread their music far and wide. The Gravity Club released their first album “A Faint Impression” on their new record label on Nov. 3 and have had positive reviews.
Despite the title, “A Faint Impression” leaves listeners with a less than a faint impression of The Gravity Club. Through brief (only 26 minutes long) “A Faint Impression” is front to back catchy. While this may be a rather simple way to explain the music, it suits the band’s style and enjoyable beets. Listeners will tap along to tunes on their steering wheel as they drive or sing along to songs like “Morgan Town” in the shower.
While many bands in Michigan’s local music scene are composed of the classic combination of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, The Gravity Club shoots a little higher. The group features Jake LeMond on guitar and vocals, Joe May on saxophone, Avery Bruni on violin, Karl Heitman on bass and vocals and Todd Watts on drums. This unique combination compliments LeMond’s and Heitman’s voices and sets up a soundscape that is memorable and musically pleasing.
The group played their latest shows on Nov. 19 at the University of Michigan League and Nov. 28 at Inspire Theater in Westland. Concertgoers can expect a well-constructed live performance out of the band, as they recorded several of their songs for their record live. Rather than rely on an external producer, the band’s violinist Bruni recorded the record himself. Bruni is a sound recording major at the University of Michigan, and his academic studies shines through as “A Faint Impression” features fantastic production. The production on the album would hold up as quality for a professional band, but for a band still focusing on the local scene, “A Faint Impression” is one of the best sounding records to come around in quite some time. From the opening track to the closing song “No One But You,” this is a record with warm bass and drums, soft and sensitive saxophone and violin and clear vocals.
Although The Gravity Club is relatively new to the local scene, the group is already presenting a polished package. From an excellent debut to their new record home, The Gravity Club shows promise as a young up and coming group. How far this group can go is uncertain, but the future may hold bright opportunities for the young musicians of The Gravity Club.