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Woodbine, Maryland, United States | SELF

Woodbine, Maryland, United States | SELF
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"Half and Half "EP" Review by Blue Bird Reviews"

I was hooked within one minute! My initial reaction, Wow. These guys are good! - Deb Hebert


"Half and Half "EP" Review by Mobtown Music Guide"

Over all, “Half and Half” is filled with nice song writing, strong arrangements, and solid musicianship. Gallons To Ounces cover a lot of musical ground, while constantly throwing in unexpected harmonies, chords, and twists to keep the listener’s full attention. Make sure you keep your eyes out for the next live performance of Gallons To Ounces in the Baltimore/DC area. - Scott Paddock


"Half and Half "EP" Review"

At times the Ounces do wear their influences on their sleeves, but this musical unit keeps you on your toes and has you wondering what's coming next. Half and Half does a great job of whetting your appetite for a future full-length release. - David Andrew Wiebe


"Interview with D.C. Music Download"

Rising Acts: Gallons to Ounces

Gallons to Ounces’ guitarist and lead vocalist, Matt Cummings, bassist Tom Hatcher, and drummer Zach Miller have created a distinct sound that’s powerfully soulful. A fusion of different elements and funky musical styles, matched with equally exotic lyrics and melodies, is the secret sauce to the band’s growing fanbase. They are becoming a trendsetter in the D.C. area for bringing classic styles of rock and roll, jazz and blues back to this generation. With a brand new EP released earlier this month Half and Half, Gallons to Ounces spoke with DMD about their new music and how the trio came to be.

D.C. Music Download: How and when did you guys form as a band and where did you come up with your band name?

Matt Cummings: Well, Tom and I are cousins, and we have been playing music together for years since we were kids. So, it was just a natural transition when Zach and I needed a bass player a couple years ago, and he came into the fold. And we had already come up with the name Gallons to Ounces. Unfortunately, there really isn’t that great of a story, it was just something we thought sounded good and it just stuck.



DMD: Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process? Do write and arrange collaboratively?

Zach Miller: Once in a while someone will come up with an idea and bring it to the table, but most of the time it will come from a loose jam or from hanging out.

Tom Hatcher: We play a lot of music together so if we come up with something that we like, we’ll just keep playing it and go from there.



DMD: What are some of your favorite influences that have inspired you to create and write these beautiful songs?

MC: Lots of hip hop: The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, A Tribe Called Quest, and a lot of old school blues like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton, and all the classic guitar heroes. Lots of funk and jazz too; D’Angelo and stuff like that.



DMD: The chord progressions and melodies are just awesome. What’s the recording process like for the band?

ZM: It’s organic, but at the same time once we get in the studio, there’s a lot more crafting to the song, and that’s when we see a song really come to life. We start writing lyrics and make it unique. But most of the time, how it starts out is someone will start grooving on something, or might just play a chord or a beat on the spot, and we just kind of drift that way- it might become the start of a new song.



DMD: What was your vision for your new EP, Half and Half? And how was the recording process?

MC: It had been a few years since we released an album, so ultimately we just wanted to get new music out right away. The idea came from the genres kinda being split half and half, with five songs that were more singer-songwriter-ish and modern, and five songs being funkier and more similar to our first album.



DMD: How does your new EP differ from your older material?

ZM: Well, it’s the first album of us three together, since Tom joined the band as the new bass player. We had a couple back steps but now we’re putting out these new tunes and getting the ball rolling again.



DMD: What are some techniques and rules you learned along the way in order to play a good live set?

TH: We play a lot of shows and we also play a lot together in general, so we always record live takes when we play, and it helps us play better in front of a crowd.

ZM: We definitely have learned that we not only should, but have to mold our sound to where we’re actually playing. Like, we know we’re capable of playing good music, but we used to just play loud as shit, balls to the walls, so now we’ve just kind of adjusted to what type of show we’re actually playing to that night.



DMD: What has been your best experience while playing a live show?

MC: We always have a great time at the Hard Rock Café, and this is starting to become like our home base I guess. But, we played at U Street Music Hall last year, and had an epic show at Velvet Lounge, and both places had great crowds.

TH: We also had a cool show at this place called Littlefield in Brooklyn, New York, which was pretty great.



DMD: What are your plans for 2013? Any plans for a new album in the future as well?

MC: We’ve made a couple trips out to Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, and we’re definitely branching out to those places again this summer. And we’re already three songs into our next five song EP, which should come out this summer as well.

TH: We’re looking forward to summer! - D.C. Music Download


"Interview with Creative Solutions Music Promotions"

Tom, Matt, and Zach, thanks for speaking with us today about your band Gallons to Ounces.



Q1: Where did Gallons to Ounces start? How did it all begin?

MATT: Tom and I are cousins so we’ve been playing music together for almost 13 years. I met Zach in high school at a battle of the bands and we later attended Berklee College of Music together. We started Gallons to Ounces in 2008 and Tom joined in 2011.



Q2: Where did the name Gallons to Ounces come from?

ZACH: It came from a night of playing music with good friends and good drinks.



Q3: Who are some of your influences?

TOM: We find inspiration in lots of places. The sounds of Jimi Hendrix, The Roots, Funkadelic, Soulive, Dave Matthews Band, J Dilla and Stevie Wonder have probably influenced us the most. We value groove over everything else.



Q4: What are some the highlights from live shows that you guys have played?

MATT: We love meeting people after shows that are into our music. We have a lot in common with our fans and we love the vibe that we get from them. They truly appreciate good music!



Q5: How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it before?

ZACH: We are definitely a rock band, but we have diverse influences that have a huge effect on our sound. It’s funky, loud, soulful, bluesy. We jazz everything up and its definitely not something you have heard before.



Q6: Are there plans for another album in the near future?

MATT: We actually have begun work on it already. There is one new song called “It Kills Me” that is available on our website. We’ll be in the studio again soon to record some new songs.



Q7: If there was one festival anywhere in the world you guys could play, which festival would it be and why?

TOM: Bonnaroo. It’s a festival that celebrates real music and true expression. You can’t get much better than Bonnaroo.



Q8: What did you guys take away from the show you played at the U Street Music Hall with the Alan Evans Trio?

ZACH: We established a relationship with Alan after recording our first album with him at his studio in 2009. He had a great effect on the overall sound of the album and it was a joy to work with him. We were honored when he asked us to play the U Street show with his new band, where we gained many new fans and a great relationship with a kickass band.



Q9: In 2010, you guys released the self titled album Gallons to Ounces on iTunes. How was the response to that album? What might you change or build upon from that album?

ZACH: The response has been great. We did make the mistake of giving away most of the tunes before the album was finished, which is why we’re keeping the majority of these new songs under wraps until the new album is officially released.

MATT: And we’re working on some new songs that have a different feel with lots of energy. We have a new bass player now, and he brings a completely different dynamic to the group. Tom and I have played together in so many different projects over the years, and we are very proud of the music we’re making with G2O.



Q10: We’d love to have you guys play a show in the CT/MA area in the coming months. Would you guys be willing to travel up here for a show?

TOM: Definitely. We’re working on putting together an east coast tour, so hopefully you’ll be our first stop! - Creative Solutions Music Promotions


"Interview with Creative Solutions Music Promotions"

Tom, Matt, and Zach, thanks for speaking with us today about your band Gallons to Ounces.



Q1: Where did Gallons to Ounces start? How did it all begin?

MATT: Tom and I are cousins so we’ve been playing music together for almost 13 years. I met Zach in high school at a battle of the bands and we later attended Berklee College of Music together. We started Gallons to Ounces in 2008 and Tom joined in 2011.



Q2: Where did the name Gallons to Ounces come from?

ZACH: It came from a night of playing music with good friends and good drinks.



Q3: Who are some of your influences?

TOM: We find inspiration in lots of places. The sounds of Jimi Hendrix, The Roots, Funkadelic, Soulive, Dave Matthews Band, J Dilla and Stevie Wonder have probably influenced us the most. We value groove over everything else.



Q4: What are some the highlights from live shows that you guys have played?

MATT: We love meeting people after shows that are into our music. We have a lot in common with our fans and we love the vibe that we get from them. They truly appreciate good music!



Q5: How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it before?

ZACH: We are definitely a rock band, but we have diverse influences that have a huge effect on our sound. It’s funky, loud, soulful, bluesy. We jazz everything up and its definitely not something you have heard before.



Q6: Are there plans for another album in the near future?

MATT: We actually have begun work on it already. There is one new song called “It Kills Me” that is available on our website. We’ll be in the studio again soon to record some new songs.



Q7: If there was one festival anywhere in the world you guys could play, which festival would it be and why?

TOM: Bonnaroo. It’s a festival that celebrates real music and true expression. You can’t get much better than Bonnaroo.



Q8: What did you guys take away from the show you played at the U Street Music Hall with the Alan Evans Trio?

ZACH: We established a relationship with Alan after recording our first album with him at his studio in 2009. He had a great effect on the overall sound of the album and it was a joy to work with him. We were honored when he asked us to play the U Street show with his new band, where we gained many new fans and a great relationship with a kickass band.



Q9: In 2010, you guys released the self titled album Gallons to Ounces on iTunes. How was the response to that album? What might you change or build upon from that album?

ZACH: The response has been great. We did make the mistake of giving away most of the tunes before the album was finished, which is why we’re keeping the majority of these new songs under wraps until the new album is officially released.

MATT: And we’re working on some new songs that have a different feel with lots of energy. We have a new bass player now, and he brings a completely different dynamic to the group. Tom and I have played together in so many different projects over the years, and we are very proud of the music we’re making with G2O.



Q10: We’d love to have you guys play a show in the CT/MA area in the coming months. Would you guys be willing to travel up here for a show?

TOM: Definitely. We’re working on putting together an east coast tour, so hopefully you’ll be our first stop! - Creative Solutions Music Promotions


"New Artist Spotlight"

Gallons To Ounces out of Rockville, MD are quickly becoming a solid sound in the music scene. Combining funk, jazz, rock, soul, and blues, these guys are sure to cater to almost every music fan. Do yourselves a favor and check them out. - Creative Solutions Music Promotions


"2012 Hard Rock Cafe Rising Global Battle of Bands"

I love your guys style, groove and formula on stage. I don't know what it is but you guys are on to something! - Don "Cerphe" Colwell - WHFS 94.7 - 2012 Hard Rock Cafe Battle of Bands Judge


"You gotta hear.. Gallons to Ounces"

This soulfully, funky, rock group, based out of Rockville, MD, all met battling against each other during battle of the bands in high school. Six years later all playing for the same team, they have combined the best of the best and formed a really rocking group. They might not look it from their pic, but these guys are the real deal.

Vocalist/guitarist, Matt Cummings, really caught me off guard when he started belting some soulful sounds into my head, I was a little blown away actually. While combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul into their funky rock n roll sound really giving music lovers a unique sound not heard to often within the younger generations, but provide confidence for the future.

"The System", one of their funkier tracks, expertly incorporates some very true to the area sounds, adding some go-go beats to the mix; which leading up to a very awesomely mellow solo by Andrew Griffin on the bass.

These guys have some very good tracks, with some great sound, and whenever I start my upscale, 5 star restaurant, these guys are 1st on the list to be our house band, with an encore set once the bar opens up. They have been playing around the DC area, so if you are ever down there I would highly recommend trying to catch one of their sets, at least to catch Cummings seductively sung lyrics, I think I might already have a crush on him just from listening to their songs on reverbnation.com/g2o - Woody Fuller - www.rocknycliveandrecorded.com


"Cyclocross Magazine"

With excellent food, delicious beer, and some serious funk from the power trio “Gallons to Ounces,” how could people not have a good time? - Peter Nicoll


"Unholy Rouleur Blogspot"

When I got to the pavilion, the band (the excellent "Gallons to Ounces") was setting up, the food was cooking, the beer was flowing, and I could walk around and enjoy the scene. I'd found them via Craigslist ad - I asked for bands, described what I wanted, got a bunch of responses from local bands, checked out their samples, and picked one. I liked this band because their musical style was good, very versatile but focused on jam, funk and jazz. - Jim McNeely - Squadra Coppi - Event Organizer


"Millennium Music Conference, Night Two 2/19"

But conditions remarkably improved when the next band, Gallons To Ounces, took the stage. Based near Washington, D.C., this trio shifted the musical flavor into a jam and funk direction; demonstrating wicked-sounding grooves and sharp instrumental execution. Lead singer/guitarist Matt Cummings, bassist Andrew Griffin and drummer Zach Miller laid down captivating, improvisational grooves that mixed elements of funk, rock and jazz. Each band member displayed abundant solo abilities, and all three played off one another in constant displays of mesmerizing musicianship. Gallons To Ounces clearly kicked up the tempo of this Millennium showcase party, and set the tone for more musical fireworks to come. - Jim Price - AltoonaMirror.com


"Millennium Music Conference, Night Two 2/19"

But conditions remarkably improved when the next band, Gallons To Ounces, took the stage. Based near Washington, D.C., this trio shifted the musical flavor into a jam and funk direction; demonstrating wicked-sounding grooves and sharp instrumental execution. Lead singer/guitarist Matt Cummings, bassist Andrew Griffin and drummer Zach Miller laid down captivating, improvisational grooves that mixed elements of funk, rock and jazz. Each band member displayed abundant solo abilities, and all three played off one another in constant displays of mesmerizing musicianship. Gallons To Ounces clearly kicked up the tempo of this Millennium showcase party, and set the tone for more musical fireworks to come. - Jim Price - AltoonaMirror.com


Discography

Half and Half (EP)

1. Half and Half
2. Cold Shot
3. Deep
4. It Kills Me
5. Short Living

Gallons to Ounces (Self titled LP)

1. Intro
2. Friday Nights
3. The System
4. It's Not You
5. This Time
6. Get Away
7. Another Negative
8. In The End
9. Without You (Bonus Track)

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Bio

By combining the choicest elements of popular music, G2O make feel-good rock that appeals to any listener. Matt Cummings, Zach Miller and Tom Hatcher blend elements of blues, soul and jazz with infectious riffs that often make you aggressively bop your head. Live shows stress improvisation within an energetic, groove-oriented frame. G2O pays tribute to a great heritage of music with covers of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Tears For Fears. Their refreshing sound, powerful melodies and dynamic performances have propelled G2O into the spotlight. Winning the 2012 Hard Rock CafĂŠ Rising only confirms that they are the new sound, the sound of DC.

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Venues played:

Connecticut:

Acoustic Cafe (Bridgeport)
Rhythm Night Club (Norwalk)

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Pennsylvania:

The Quarter (Harrisburg)
Town Hall Park (?Bethlehem)

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Maryland:

The Whiskey (Annapolis)
Recher Theater (Towson)
8x10 (Baltimore)
Union Jacks (Bethesda)
Barking Dog (Bethesda)
Harp & Fiddle (Bethesda)
Growlers (Gaithersburg)
Austin Grill (Rockville)
The Endzone (Gaithersburg)
Bentz Street (Frederick)
Second Chance Saloon (Columbia)
Judges Bench (Ellicott City)
Teavolve (Baltimore)
Jackies Wine Bar (Rockville)
Gentleman Jims (Gaithersburg)
JJ Muldoons (Gaithersburg)
Fish Head Cantina (Halethorpe)
Chloe's Coffee House (Gaithersburg)
The Reserve (Baltimore)
EJ's Landing (College Park)
Belles Bar (Frederick)
Blue Sky Grill (Frederick)
Rosaryville State Park (?Rosaryville)

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New York:

Littlefield (Brooklyn)
Sullivan Hall (Manhattan)

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Virginia:

Jammin Java (Vienna)
IOTA (Arlington)
The Old Brogue (Great Falls)
Fat Tuesdays (Fairfax)
Light Horse (Alexandria)
Blue Water Grill (Centreville)

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Washington DC:

U Street Music Hall
Hard Rock Cafe
Cafe Asia
DC9
Bossa Lounge
Velvet Lounge
Blue Banana
Wonderland Ballroom
Warehouse Loft
DC Arts Center
Saloun Jazz Club

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Professional Artists/bands we have peformed with:

Alan Evans Trio
Haley Reinhart
Philip Philips
Tim Palmieri

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Festivals & Conferences:

2012 Town Hall Cross Cycloscross Series (Bethlehem, PA)
2012 RAW: Brooklyn Artist Showcase - "Ensemble" (Brooklyn NYC)
2012 RAW: DC Artist Showcase - "Soltice" (Washington D.C.)
2011 Columbia Arts Festival (Columbia, MD)
2010 Millennium Music Conference (Harrisburg, PA)
2010 Flower & Garden Festival (Leesburg, VA)
2010 Park Rock Festival (Great Mills, MD)
MABRA Cyclocross Series (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) - Upper Marlboro, MD

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Awards:

Winners of Washington DC's 2012 Hard Rock Cafe Rising Global Battle of Bands

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TV Appearances:

FreshTV - 2012

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Other:

Matt Cummings played the National Anthem on Guitar at the Washington Nationals game 5/2/12

Band Members