Grillade

Grillade

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandRockFunk

Grillade (pronounced "gree-yahd") is a San Francisco-based rock/funk outfit made up of vocalist Ragen Fykes, producer Keelay, and rhythm section The Park. While the band wraps its debut album, they have already found critical acclaim from the likes of AOL, Okayplayer, BRM, SF Weekly and more.

Biography

In an era where artists' careers begin and end in the blink of an eye, Grillade (pronounced “gree-YAHD”) is building for the future. The six-piece Soul-Rock band from San Francisco was not built on blogs but on stages. They haven't churned out a series of a dozen mixtapes with disposable, forgettable songs to try and make a splash on the world wide web. They've, instead, been in the studio, crafting their art and sound as a band - and the results are stellar.

Borrowing their name from the traditional Creole dish made of meat braised in a rich sauce with vegetables, Grillade too is hearty and ?lling. Fronted by vocalist Ragen Fykes, the band is as many parts Betty Davis and Nancy Sinatra as it is Cream and Jefferson Airplane. Where Fykes' lyrics recall so many classic Rock and R&B refrains, the work of lead guitarist Nate Mercereau will call to mind the likes of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Prince - not only for his virtuoso talent but also for the catchy, lasting melodies that he plays.

As the band continues to prepare their debut full-length release, they offer, as an introduction, “Dream Of You” and “The Meeting” which, while sweet and sophisticated, are only a small peek at what lies ahead. Producer, keyboardist and percussionist, Keelay offers up: “We're musicians - artists. Grillade is a band that was born in an era where bedroom producers, singers and rappers are a dime a dozen. But we are playing the gigs, we are spending the time in the studio, we are crafting a brand new sound”.

And that they are. Formed long before Grillade, Derek Taylor (drums), Ben Schwier (keys) and Josh Lippi (bass) are The Park, alongside axeman Nate Mercereau. The band has spent the better part of 5 years establishing themselves as San Francisco's premier rhythm section, continuing to back acts such as: international touring phenom Alice Russell, soul legend Darondo and more. The band's exceptional ability to seamlessly cross genres and master any style landed them in the target of Fykes and Keelay, and in collaborating, the sum has become well more than the parts involved.

Performing their ?rst string of shows in the winter of 2010, the band has already captured the attention of Beyond Race Magazine, URB, XLR8R and AOL and with an album in the works, plans on capturing the attention of the general population as well. Look for Grillade to perform at a venue near you this year and check their forthcoming debut LP, coming soon.

Lyrics

Dream Of You (Emotionally Yours)

Written By: Ragen Fykes

Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,

It was by a dream, you came to me last night,
It was in a prayer, you stayed in my life
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can't do for you baby, Even though I try
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can't do for you baby, Even though I try

Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can’t do for you baby, Even though I try,
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can’t do for you baby, Even though I try,
And There’s Nothing I Won’t do, Can’t do for you baby
And There’s Nothing I Won’t do, Can’t do for you baby

Even though I try
Even though I try
Even though I try
Even though I try

Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,
Emotionally Yours, I dream of you in heaven,

And there’s nothing I won’t do, can do for you baby, Even though I try,
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can do for you baby, Even though I try,
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can do for you baby, Even though I try,
And there’s nothing I won’t do, can do for you baby, Even though I try,
Even Though I try,
Even though I try, try, try

Emotionally Yours,
Emotionally Yours,
Emotionally Yours,
Emotionally Yours,
Dream of you, I dream of you

The Meeting

Written By: Ragen Fykes, Jamall Bufford

Baby
You know you got me going crazy
Thought I'd forever be your lady
And now your gone you took the maybes

And if you go
Know I'd never hurt you so
The lies you thought were real
I hope your heart will one day feel

You became
The fire and the flame (x2)

Watch me
Cause I bounce back and you cant stop me
See loving Rae can be so haunting
And in your dreams my voice is stalking
You lost me

And if you go
Know I'd never hurt you so
The lies you thought were real
I hope your heart will one day feel

You became / the fire and the flame (x2)

I guess it’s just too late to apologize
Tried to be a rockstar, fell up out the sky
I’m a man, tough guy, nope I don’t cry
Well, there was that one time, but look the bottom line is
I know I messed up, lost one, Lauryn Hill
To The Left, stuff boxed up, over here
But before I leave, listen to my story please
What happened between us hurt me to the core indeed
But I’m man enough to realize that I’m to blame
I heard your little song, yeah I know, I’m the flame
But I don’t know my flaws if you don’t communicate
I just be hanging with friends on little movie dates
Ok I’ll give you space, but please don’t say it’s over
I had dreams of one day putting a rang on it
Pushing a baby stroller, but now it’s only dreams
And you pushing me away like I’m on a swing

You hurt me to the core now the fire dont burn no more
You hurt me to the core now the fire dont burn (x4)

You became / the fire and the flame

You hurt me to the core now the fire dont burn no more
You hurt me to the core now the fire dont burn

Discography

"Remain The Same" (Live at Southpaw)
"Dream Of You" (video)
"Just A Sad Christmas" (single)

Set List

"Intro"
"Funky Music"
"The Meeting"
"Bones"
"Buzz Like Bees"
"Remain The Same"