GenresAlternative, Psychedelic rock, Math rock, Dream pop Acid rock, Dance, Shoegaze , Synthpop More...
LocationBrooklyn NY United States
Sounds LikeStereolab, Brazilian Girls, Florence + The Machine
Digital Locationhttp://beatthegrid.com musicpage.com/beatthegrid
HistoryMember since: 01/21/2013 Year Founded: 2009
- Original material: 02 hrs : 00 min
- Cover material: 00 hrs : 00 min
- CDs released: 1
- CDs sold: 100
- Digital songs sold: 400
- Original Songs:
- Average Draw: 200
- Largest crowd: 400
- Have sound: Full PA
BEAT THE GRID has been charging with vigorous movement since 2009 from the land of waterfalls in upstate NY, determined to spark observers with electric washes of cosmic accordance. Originally formed as an electronic duo by Ithaca College freshmen bearing laptops and a mic, they expanded with friends a year later for an explosive performance which could feature up to a dozen musicians.
Jamming instrumentals combined with compositional sensibility and powerful, dreamy pop-worthy vocals make for a rarely-heard shoegaze/experimental sound. The band creates a modern mosaic of pop and hip-hop beats, syncopated South American rhythms, driving West African percussion & guitar, and European electro-synth sensations. Each song is a commentary on the human experience and the mysteries of life, seamed by silky-sexy, siren-like vocals.Their driving dance music is fearlessly sprinkled with pockets of improvised spontaneity--one moment in meditative harmony, the next with thunderous, percussive pounding. It is in this way that the name evokes modern existence; 'beating' in celebration for the cycles of celestial and natural processes, and the act of outsmarting the 'grid,' technologies intruding on interpersonal connection.
The two-song debut Singulars (Oct.) flows from a faraway cosmic lounge with a shimmering, electric dance dream in a shade of Blue and an inquisitive, thunderous rock hymn demanding the answers to our existential fears, & Why they exist in the first place. Since inception in the recent years of mayhem, they’ve played about 70 shows in Ithaca and NYC. Igniting for the debut of their first full-length, an afrobeat-inspired dedication to their years of education, Beat the Grid is pleased to debut February 2013.
The Sirens SoundJanuary 06, 2013
“Stereolab, Brazilian Girls, and Prince Rama have been nodded at in reference–jammy instrumentals combined with music school compositional sensibility and powerfully dreamy pop-worthy vocals make for a shoegaze/experimental sound that is currently difficult to find. EXCELLENT Jazz Fusion.”
Ithaca JournalJanuary 02, 2013
Featured in annual Ithaca Music Awards for "Best Song" ('& Why?') and "Best Female Singer"
Independent Music NewsNovember 13, 2012
Featured in Top 10 Downloads
Alternative Citizen MagazineJune 18, 2012
After rocking out to a captivating performance by the eclectic indie group Beat the Grid at Brooklyn Bowl in May, we knew we had to do a feature on them....The name is a double or even triple-entendre, trying to “beat the grid” with certain lifestyle choices or philosophies, creating electronic music on a beat-grid system, and beating out celebration.
Fuse Magazine (Ithaca College)October 14, 2009
An 8-piece wonder of the world who shook the ground and got down with some sexy, soulful, latin infused funk. With a group like this, how could you go wrong?