We’re so stoked to have Nick Millevoi of Grassy Sound as our guest on No Simple Road this week!
For guitarist Nick Millevoi, all manner of music can be a source of inspiration, including bachelor-pad “exotica” albums of the 1950s, surf-rock records of the ’60s or even old Hollywood cowboy tunes – at least if those influences are put into a modernist compositional and improvisational blender. Millevoi’s usual outfit, the Crazy Horse-meets-Coltrane band Desertion Trio, has released four ultra-potent albums since 2016. But he was inspired by his nostalgic sonic fascinations to compose a fun set of tunes to perform with frequent keyboard partner Ron Stabinsky, dubbing their duo project Grassy Sound. The pair’s debut album of those songs – The Sounds of Grassy Sound – will be released, digitally and on vinyl, via Destiny Records on April 22, 2022. The disc features such Millevoi-penned highlights as the groovy album-opener “Skylark” and the melody-rich “Lu Fran,” both of which showcase his gritty electric-guitar lyricism and Stabinsky’s Hammond B-3 swirl. Then there’s “Flitzer,” an essay in bent surf guitar that has a noisy improv section with a Twilight Zone air. The first video from the album is rocking live take on “Flitzer.
We talk with Nick about creating noise as music, playing shows creating the most in your face music as possible, life altering music moments, how he had no choice but to be a musician, how he balances his musical career with a day job, and a whole lot more!
Check out the new album ‘The Sound Of Grassy Sound’ on Bandcamp and everywhere music streams!
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