Grinning Dog rocks out at Pub 32
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 22:09
Not playing your stereotypical bar music, Grinning Dog, the power trio rooted in UConn’s 2013 graduating class, blasted high decibels of sound through the room at Pub 32 in Mansfield last Friday night.
The power trio of Andy Siegel, Rob Strauss and Skyler Calibey figuratively blew the doors and windows off with their original blend of psychedelic progressive rock.
Another way to describe their sound might be funk metal, but even that does not do the music justice. They meet half way between groovy bumping bass lines and light-speed solos supported by intricate hi-hat patterns.
For only three men, the band was able to make a great deal of noise, which only echoed back-and-forth off the small walls of Pub 32.
Quite frankly, Grinning Dog needs an arena to handle their sound. While the viewers seemed to enjoy the music and the bar, the space is simply too small for their sound.
According to Calibey, “It’s not about the size, it’s what you do with it as far as the crowd goes.” The three dedicated musicians seem to be more grateful for the fact that they have fans to begin with, let alone how much space they have to perform.
That is not to say that the band is not putting full force into broadening their fan-base and making it out of the bar scene. “We credit our band growth so far to our incredibly involved fan-base and our ever growing relationship with our [un]official beer Narragansett,” Calibey said.
The band has played in several bars and venues across Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island and has released a demo, and later, a full album.
“Endlessly Toward the Sun,” the full-length LP by Grinning Dog is available for free from the band’s BandCamp page, which can be found from their Facebook page.
The album is over 40 minutes worth of material, and Friday night the band played from 9:30 p.m. until midnight with a 45-minute break, which leaves at least an hour’s worth of unreleased material and improvisation.
Usually when Pub 32 books bands, they book multiple bands at a time, but Grinning Dog needed no relief except for their “Gansett Break.”
“The crowd seemed excited to have us back,” Siegel said. “And our new material we debuted went over real well. It’s a lot easier for us to play when the crowd is into the tunes.”
Grinning Dog is currently working on a new release, being recorded and produced in a private location by the band members, but Strauss said, “this rock album will destroy worlds” and “will take no prisoners,” Calibey added.
According to Calibey and Siegel, the “undisclosed amount” of previously unreleased material “is classified information.”
“It was good to be back at the venue where we played our first show,” Strauss said. The band was very friendly with the crowd, partly because they knew most of them, and partly because that is simply the manner with which the band operates: play music, have a good time, and do it with pride.
Grinning Dog, not long ago was sitting inside Arjona 143 learning about the Age of the Dinosaurs and neurobiology and are now heading down the path of musicianship with Pub 32 as a major stepping stone on the way.