Tuesday 29 Jul

Planting the seed

Chelsey Cope’s new band, Elms, is as earthy and native to Oklahoma as the trees that are their namesake. The soulful folk four-piece’s debut EP, Parallel Lines, was recorded at Bell Labs Recording Studio in Norman and is on its way in September. But the band has already given us a tease, with its first single, “Burn,” going live on SoundCloud on July 14.
07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Commercial rock

Center of the Universe Festival featuring Capital Cities, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION & more
Downtown Tulsa 

07/22/2014 | Comments 0

Mack truckin’

9 p.m. Friday 
Kamp’s Lounge 
1310 NW 25th St. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Chevy cruisin’

Chevy Woods with Kevin Gates & more
9 p.m. Sunday 
Vibe Night Club 
227 SW 25th St. 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0

Rock steady

7 p.m. Saturday
Frontier City
11501 N. Interstate 35 Service Road 
Free with park admission 

07/16/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Reviews · Rock · Good Morning Grizzly — The...

Good Morning Grizzly — The Dirty EP

Zach Hale July 2nd, 2013

Tulsa’s Good Morning Grizzly has been playing together for a couple years now, and although The Dirty EP is technically its first proper release, the melodic alterna-rock quintet sounds nice and, well, grizzled on this five-song debut.

The band’s influences range from baroque post-rock, à la Explosions in the Sky, to more alternative metal sounds like A Perfect Circle or Chevelle, even approaching emo/screamo territory when guitarist/vocalist Tyler Slemp unleashes his fervent howl.

For some — particularly those offended by Muse-meets-Dashboard-style inflection — Slemp’s voice might be a deal-breaker. Thankfully, he proves to be more than capable as a lyricist, musing on such Gothic-tinged subject matter (mortality, demons, conflicted angst and anxiety, etc.) that the passion with which he sings is, at the very least, commendable.

Perhaps the band’s greatest asset, however, is its quick-witted arrangements.

Songs wind from swashes of ambient guitar to nü-metal riffage, with nimble time-signature variations and capricious shifts in atmosphere.

On “Lost in the Deep,” for example, we’re presented with a muted guitar lick, recalling some of Adam Jones’ work with Tool, as Slemp sings, “Give me your heart and I’ll show you my teeth” atop the baleful atmosphere. As tension builds, the quiet eventually yields to an explosion of sinister guitar and calamitous oblivion. And it’s intense.

Moments like these demonstrate the potential with which Good Morning Grizzly is operating, even if Dirty is, at times, frustratingly inconsistent. Trim some of the artificial fuss, and these strengths will become all the more potent. —Zach Hale

Hey! Read This:
Chevelle interview
Explosions in the Sky interview    
Muse interview   

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5