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Gramps The Vamp tells a story of mystery and intrigue using sinister afrobeat-influenced funk grooves, strongman horn lines, and apocalyptic utterances from the dark corners of classic sci-fi and horror radio. The result is DOOM FUNK: an unmistakeable stew that both makes you want to dance and raise an eyebrow.
Assembled by Keyboardist Maxx McGathey in the fall of 2011, Gramps The Vamp arose from its sweaty house party roots to become a staple in the Chicago music scene, regularly playing prominent venues such as the Double Door, Martyrs, and Metro. The band has received several media distinctions including Best New Band 2013 in the Chicago Reader, and Deli Chicago’s band of the month in September 2014.
After several lineup changes over the years, Gramps The Vamp settled into a 7 piece for their 2014 self-titled release. Recorded at Killion Sound, in North Hollywood, CA with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), the album features McGathey on keys, Stevenson Valentor on drums, Kevin Holt on bass, Mike Novak on guitar, Peter Gillette on trumpet, Nick Bush on alto sax, Justin Howe on tenor sax, as well as frequent collaborator Eli Wilson on bari sax for select songs. Gramps The Vamp has their sights set on national distribution as well as touring in support of their release.