Collectors of garage rock and psychedelic music like to espouse about who got to a certain sound first. The first to play punk rock, or what is sometimes referred to "proto-punk", something that influenced the punk and rock sounds of the future. Sure, the scenes of New York, California and London have their places as having the first bands that carried a fuzzy, punk-like sound. But would you believe that Charlotte, NC produced a record that led the charge of the Fuzz Brigade, months before the rest of the country tuned in?
In the early summer of 1965, the Grifs entered Arthur Smith Studios, and recorded "Catch A Ride", which opens with an absolute wall of fuzzed-out guitar. The single would become a hit in Charlotte, and then catch on in the Midwest US, and Canada. There Was A Time is proud to feature the first-ever feature interview with Grifs founder Barry Stacks about this influential band.
You'll be able to read all about the Grifs when There Was A Time is released. For now, dig the Grifs, in all their fuzzy glory.
Feb. 23, 2013