Founded in 2016, Eastbourne founded four-piece‘ Grace and Danger are making a name for themselves with shows all over the UK. As well as playing legendary venues such as The Forum (Tunbridge Wells) and The Clutha (Glasgow), the band have a particularly devoted following on the South Coast.
From a young age, the band has always had music, and a love of playing live, in their blood:
“The thought of playing live to people gives me a reason to get up in the morning!” says guitarist and frontman Rory Purdey. “I’m really inspired by the playing of the old blues greats; Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as more modern players like Joe Bonamassa…”. Audiences are drawn in by Rory’s incredible song-writing, ear-catching vocals and virtuosic guitar playing.
Before forming Grace and Danger, Rory’s brother, Aiden Purdey, was already highly in demand as a live and session drummer. Soaked in jazz, rock and funk, Aiden takes his drumming seriously: “There’s nothing like real, pure, live music to drive an audience… a live band needs to really hit you in the chest.” Aiden’s spectacular drumming is as integral to the ‘Grace and Danger’ sound as, John Bonham’s to Zeppelin, or Keith Moon’s was to the who. “This band is really where my heart lies”.
But Rory and Aiden have one other huge influence on their musical heritage. “My Uncle, John Martyn, had a special connection to music… there was a directness and integrity to his playing and writing… we hope we carry on some of that legacy….”
The keys playing of Tom Stevens, is the sonic glue that gives the band a sound all their own, evoking the playing of such greats as Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Billy Joel.
Completed by the modern indie-rock inspired bass lines of Gary Stafford, Grace and Danger are quickly becoming known as the must see new-blood act on the UK blues-rock scene.
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- Member since:
- Feb 11 2020
- Active within 1 week
- Level of commitment:
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- 23 years
The Black Keys
Gary Clark Jr.
Members Of Band
Rory Purdey - Guitar/Vox
Aiden Purdey - Drums/Percussion
Tom Stevens - Keys
Gary Stafford - Bass (Leaving)
Play With Me
Play With Me
TimeTime is the final track on the EP. It features loud distorted guitar and heavy driving drums. It starts with a clean guitar and that gets blended into the electric lead as the riff comes growling in. This song is very rhythm based even the bass is very percussive with the tapping and hammering. The anthemic vibe you will get from this track will be due to the final part of the track where the absolute monster guitar solo comes raging in. The way the solo moves with the chord progression makes for a really incredible listening experience. The influences you will hear from this are a mix of classic rock as well as some more recent artists work. The Black Keys and Royal Blood were influences during the writing of this track. You can hear these in the style of the riff and the trashiness of the drums as well as the distorted vocal. The more classic influences come from the final guitar part where it gets very bluesy and you hear remnants of Jimi Hendrix in the chords as well as the screaming solo. This is a really fitting end to the EP especially with the ominous sound of the ticking clock at the end symbolising the nature of the track.
Runaway TrainThis is the third track on the "Cure To My Blues" EP. This track is pure drums and rhythm. You will not be able to help but want to tap along with it. The beat is based on a term drummers use called a "Bo Diddley". It's a specific beat that old blues boy Bo Diddley himself made famous! This track sonically was made to sound like a train. The chorus' with the beat on the snare sound like the train speeding across the tracks whilst the verses are similar to the chugging of smoke with the guitars mimicking the whistle of a steam train.
Find Me Paradise
Find Me ParadiseThis is the second track on the "Cure To My Blues" EP. First thing you will notice when listening to this track is that it has a very different sound to the rest of the EP. It was recorded in a different studio and was actually produced by someone else. It was originally released as a single but we decided it was too good not to put on the EP. It is very influenced by a current blues artist called Gary Clark Jr. He mixes RnB and Hip Hop with blues to create a really cool and contemporary genre. You will also hear remnants of Jimi Hendrix from the wah pedal being used throughout the track.
Cure To My Blues
Cure To My BluesThis is the first track on the "Cure To My Blues" EP and is the title track. It is strongly influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughn the late blues legend who was known for his signature bright twangy guitar tones and great feeling blues. The drums really drive the rhythm along with the brilliant bass work. It really gives a taste of that classic blues sound but pulled into the 21st century. A must hear for anyone who is into their classic blues.