The George Elliot Underground is made from fragments of bands broken by time, space and even a fire. But when these five musicians moved into an off-campus house together in 2005, there was no stopping the music that erupted from their basement in late night, alcohol-infused jam sessions. Over the years, the band’s sound matured into a cohesive revival of classic rock with “more electricity than AEP can handle.” (Ben Albaugh)
This young up-and-coming alternative rock act has its heart rooted deep in the soul of classic Rock N Roll. Based out of Columbus, Ohio, they possess an authentic indie midwest swagger. Influences range from classic greats such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the MC5 to the new alternative sounds of the Strokes, Jet, Kings of Leon and the Black Keys. Their sound creates an atmosphere of the 1960's sincerity converging with the hypocrisy of modern day. It unites the volume of the West Coast with the purity of the Midwest. Simple, raw, energetic and full of passion. It's a very familiar sound in a fashion all of it's own.
For the price (FREE … download NOW), Summer of Weird EP, recorded at Electraplay Studio by James Allison (Blastronauts) and Tony Stewart, is worthy of space on the iPod. At times, Summer of Weird recalls the NYC lower East Side hipster rock of The Strokes (“I.N.K.”), at other times there’s a retro Detroit-style garage rock sound (“Attack of the Lightning Bird Pt. 11″). My favorite, though, is the 5-minute jam “January One”, heavy with a mid-70’s Southern Rock swagger. If all the songs sounded like this, I’d love to see G.E.U. open a Skynryd/Govt Mule/Black Crowes triple bill. (Chip Midnight)