Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California. In biological terms, a "grex" is an entity composed of several smaller organisms. Grex (the band) explores the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange psychedelic pop/rock and the dark outer reaches of noise and free jazz.
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7:30pm: Karl Evangelista's Labas (feat. members of Grex, a.o.) at California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley, CA)
GREX 10th Anniversary Tour: 2019 SUMMER TOUR DATES
*Celebrating X years of wonder, chaos, and power*
July 19, 8pm, Seattle, WA, Central Saloon, w/Bad Luck, Rae
July 20, 7pm, Portland, OR, Specks Records, w/Galaxy Research, Teton, Pat Keen
July 21, 9:30pm, Olympia, WA, O'Malley's, w/New Born Babies, Mansion
July 23, 7pm, Chico, CA, Tender Loving Coffee, w/Guest No.66
July 24, 8:30pm, Santa Cruz, CA, The Blue Lagoon, w/Aurora Beam, Blonda, Chris Peck
July 26, 8pm, Pasadena, CA, Battery Books, w/Similar Fashion
July 27, 8pm, Long Beach, CA, The Wine Bar LB, w/MajicBulletTheory
July 29, 7:30pm Corrales, NM, Live at Thrive
July 30, 8pm, Lubbock, TX, Boston Space, w/Tyler Simpson
August 1, 8pm, Washington, DC, Dew Drop Inn, w/Fanoplane, Sonic Eddy
August 2, 8:30pm, Philadelphia, PA, The Mothership
August 4, 8pm, West Haven, CT, Crunch House, w/Pheobe, Them Airs
August 5, 8pm, New York, NY, Nublu Classic, w/Practitioner (Ben Goldberg/Michael Coleman), Eli Wallace 4
August 6, 8pm, Allston, MA, O'Brien's Pub, w/Soaked in Strange, Brown Lasers
August 8, 9pm, Chicago, IL, The Whistler, w/Mako Sica, Tatsu Aoki/Karl Evangelista/Avreeayl Ra
August 15, 8pm, Oakland, CA, The Uptown, w/Hare and Arrow, Jeweled Snakes
August, Sacramento, CA, Gold Lion Festival
ELECTRIC GHOST PARADE IS OUT NOW!!! (2018)Available now! We (Bay Area art rock band Grex) are very excited to be announcing some big news: after several years of blood, sweat, and tears, our brand new album, entitled Electric Ghost Parade, has been released into the world!
You can purchase the album, and listen to a few choice tracks, here: grex.bandcamp.com!
Also on Spotify!
Here's what folks are saying about Electric Ghost Parade:
"Grex strikes an interesting balance between the exploratory tendencies of psychedelic rock and free jazz with a more modern indie-pop sensibility." - The Los Angeles Beat (Ted Kane)
"a wide-ranging and excitingly unpredictable sound" - The Bay Bridged (Ben Van Houten)
"I haven't heard such varying psych sounds in more recent times since The Fiery Furnaces went their separate ways some nine years ago. An excellent release." - Echoes and Dust (Ljubinko Zivkovic)
"Evangelista wields a swell grouchy guitar tone, Scampavia's pipes are sweet, and when they freak out, they freak out good." - The Vinyl District (Joseph Neff)
"...as far as quirky, avant-garde original music goes, I give them loads of credit for putting together something this far out... Go in with an open mind and see what you think." - Sea of Tranquility (Pete Pardo)
"Coming from a free-jazz, improvisational background, creating spontaneous art was Evangelista's general methodology with Grex... The resulting songs are dynamic and at times quirky and jubilant, like something Bay Area avant-pop band Deerhoof might play." - East Bay Express (Aaron Carnes)
"these Bay Area brainiacs trip out on a chilled-out yet complex attack of math-rock heroics, free-improvisational freak-outs, and psych-rock weirdness as they channel Henry Kaiser and Hendrix." - The Brooklyn Rail (Brad Cohan)
"It's a sardonically noisy psychedelic rock record with a little free jazz thrown in to keep you guessing. And it's an awful lot of fun." - New York Music Daily (Alan Young)
And if you're looking for more about the new record (straight from the horses' mouths):
Karl talking to the great Mike Watt (of Minutemen) on the Watt from Pedro Show: HERE
Grex on Radio Free Brooklyn-a special "acoustic" set + interview: HERE
Grex on The Bay Bridged's Experimental Music Mixtape, via KQED: HERE
ELECTRIC GHOST PARADE ALBUM RELEASE TOUR (2018)Oakland art rock band Grex stages a triumphant nationwide tour in celebration of the release of the new album Electric Ghost Parade, joined by an array of top-shelf adventurers, innovators, and exciters.
June 15, 9pm, Grex w/Gentleman Surfer, Amy Reed @ Fox & Goose (Sacramento, CA) June 16, 4pm, Grex w/Everybody Dies for Now, Rob Ford Explorer @ Reno Community Radio (Reno, NV) June 18, 8pm, Grex w/Tiny Ghost, Chris Icasiano @ Royal Room (Seattle, WA) June 19, 7pm, Grex w/Hammer of Hathor, Tamayo/Shintaku, JP Jenkins @ Le Voyeur (Olympia, WA) June 20, 9pm, Grex w/Mood Area 52, Megan Johns @ Old Nick's (Eugene, OR) June 21, 9pm, Grex w/Galaxy Research, Rllrbll @ Kenton Club (Portland, OR) June 22, 8pm, Grex w/ Tetrachromat, Nauticult, Bliss Point, Shimmer Traps @ Alternative Library (Bellingham, WA) June 23, 8pm, Grex w/The Social Stomach, San Kazakgascar Solo @ Mothership Music (Portland, OR) June 26, 8pm, Grex w/The Grok, Nicey Nice World @ The Merrow (San Diego, CA) June 27, 8pm, Grex w/Logan Hone, Max Kutner, Emily Hay/Steuart Liebig Duo @ Silverlake Lounge (Los Angeles, CA) June 29, 9pm, Grex w/Baast @ 4th Street Vine (Long Beach, CA) June 30, 9pm, Grex @ Joshua Tree Saloon (Joshua Tree, CA) July 3, 8pm, Grex w/Tatsuya Nakatani @ Truth or Consequences Brewing Co. (Truth or Consequences, NM) July 4, 6pm, Grex w/Hayden Pedigo, Andrew Weathers, Fat Lava @ Mariposa Eco-Village (Amarillo, TX) July 7, 8pm, Grex w/Heterodyne, Pagan Reagan @ Rhizome (Washington, DC) July 8, 9pm, Grex w/Chester Hawkins @ Galaxy Hut (Arlington, VA) July 9, Grex @ (Providence, RI) July 10, 8pm, Grex w/Fable Grazer, The Modern Voice, Brown Lasers @ Midway Cafe (Boston, MA) July 11, 7pm, Grex w/Ron Anderson/Kevin Shea Duo, Aaron Novik, Max Jaffe @ H0L0 (Queens, NY) July 12, 9pm, Grex w/Devin Hoff Solo, Shayna Dunkelman/Lim Yang/Grey McMurray @ Pine Box Rock Shop (Brooklyn, NY) July 13, 7pm, Grex w/Mitch Esparza @ Random Tea Room (Philadelphia, PA) July 14, 8pm, Grex w/Special Guest Allen Lowe @ Best Video (Hamden, CT) July 15, Grex @ Elbo Room (Chicago, IL) July 16, 7pm, Grex w/Music Research Strategies (Marshall Trammell) @ Uptown Arts Bar (Kansas City, MO) July 19, 7pm, Grex Live on KFJC(Palo Alto, CA) July 20, 8:30pm, Grex w/IMA, Qualia, Orchestra di Pazzi @ Fireside Lounge (Alameda, CA)