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The Gilroys

From the periphery of saccharine, sterile pop bands and performers who exist only in the kitch aire of commercial conformity come this quartet of musicians whose approach to their music medium can only be compared to the maturity and commeraderie of the great Jazz musicans of this 20th century. Interlocking their inspiring command of the rock, jazz, and progressive artists of the past fifty years, The Gilroys bring to their listeners such a tasteful and collaborative portrait of all that remains of tasteful and inspiring music.

Singer and guitarist Sean Hoots evokes a sense of nostalgia and stark emotional brilliance, calling down the ghosts of dead jazz singers, undercut by stylings similar to Jeff Buckley and Thom York. Tim Celfo's bass lines are naturalistic and bottom-felt, linking the melodia of the songs with tremor-like rhythmns which can easily take flight into the upper layers of melodic sound, fusing to the sharp movements the guitar and piano. Piano/Organist Ben Smith truly brings the Jazz dynamic into the Gilroys' sound. His virtuostic and seamless physical ability on the piano and ambient voice brings the band?s song aesthetic to a rare and unusual level of clarity and emotion. Finally, drummer Matt Magarahan drives the band's songs with a spirit that is unmatched against other drummers of this past decade. During performances, he is truly enveloped in sound and energy, crossing rock, jazz, bossa nova, jungle, funk, and drum-n-bass into his beats, and performing with such a sense of musical connectedness that his presence is almost overwhelming.

The Gilroys do not make music to sell. Nor do they make music to stun. Their art is created at the beginning of our mysterious ability to rise up from the effects of that which performed. At the most basic level, the Gilroys bring something that any music listener can come to appreciate, enveloping an audience with a consonance that only matches the quiet, driving sounds of our innermost functions.

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