Consisting of Jason Gisser (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Tom “The Suit” Forst (lead guitar), Big Thurrsty (drums), and Andrew Fennell (bass), their immediate chemistry has lead to many on-stage opportunities opening for such legendary acts as: Grand Funk Railroad, Three Dog Night, Hoobastank, and others.
In fact, the group recorded its first album, In The Garden of Crows, having played only a few gigs together. In anticipation of their full-length follow-up album, Monster, the boys have released a short teaser EP to satisfy the sonic appetites of their enthusiastic fans. The 2-track, The River, is a soulful premonition of great things to come.
“I am literally a fan when I’m standing on stage watching these guys play.”
Here’s what we dug most…
Our Favorite Track:
From its very first chords, The River, delivers a bluesy, soulful, inspired ballad in dedication to Gisser’s recently passed mother. Reminiscent of the likes of JJ Grey, Jason takes the unique, heartfelt perspective of his father’s sudden loss after nearly 50 years of marriage…
“…and I will lay you down by The River
And listen to the carnival shore
Dream of the moment I met you
Tomorrow, we both have to go
And I will lay you down by The River
And let it all flow…”
The nightmare inspired, Monster, sees Gisser excavating the darkest corners of his creative center. Distorted vocals, fuzzed guitars, and grimy percussion help Jason detox that darkness in this funked-up number…
“If there’s a way, can you find me?
If there’s a way, can you find me?
Before I burn this world down
Can you find me?”
Well, this just isn’t very complicated. The Jason Gisser Band’s 2-track, The River EP, is the kind of musical substance which I personally find myself pining for amidst the cookie-cutter musical sea of empty sonic promises where I so often find myself treading water. Both tracks have depth and heart, and an authentic quality which appeals in a universal way. We’re looking forward to the rest of the album.
Mofro meets Lynyrd Skynyrd…
BELOW, you can listen to The Jason Gisser Band’s, The River EP, and connect with their website and social media platforms. Please support The Jason Gisser Band by visiting them online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing their music. And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!