The Cushion Theory
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The Cushion Theory

San Francisco, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | SELF | AFM

San Francisco, CA | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2002
Band Rock Indie




"Local Grooves"

-The Cushion Theory-
These days, when it seems like everyone and their mom has some sort of gimmick to draw attention to their songs and send them straight to the top, it's kind of refreshing to see that the members of the Cushion Theory have decided to make music the old-fashioned way. After almost three years of polishing their live act around Bay Area venues, they've finally decided to settle down and record an album. The Cushion Theory's self-titled debut doesn't attempt any musical revolutions in terms of song structure and doesn't resort to any digitized tricks; instead it relies on straightforward, solid rock.
Often caught straddling the fence between harder-edge emo and a '70s-retro sound, brothers Jordan and Justin Griggs, who front the band, draw a good deal of inspiration from the last decade's heyday of guitar-based indie bands. Some songs, like "Get Close" are reminiscent of mid-'90s Chicago emo groups such as Braid, or perhaps more rocking bands like Built to Spill. Other tracks, like "Never Get a Chance," find the band reveling in Stones-influenced old-school good-time rock 'n' roll. In the end the Cushion Theory is what it is: a reliable analog rock band that provides no surprises – just lots of tightly orchestrated guitar, bass, drums, and vocals on a working man's album made for those looking to take a break from today's laptop and drum machine world. - Martin Prybyla - SF Bay Guardian

"The Cushion Theory"

What you really want to know is, do The Cushion Theory rock? Well, let me tell you, they do! This is a band that clearly has its punk rock history down to a T and obviously have all the right records on their shelves. This is a record anyone can appreciate, at least if they are well schooled in the likes of Braid, Quicksand and Fugazi anyway! The band have real energy, and you just know that they’ve been impressing audiences in their home town of Oakland for a while, and having played with Pop Unknown and the Appleseed Cast, are clearly set for big things. The two Griggs brothers link up well as co-vocalists, and the whole band are tight. The band aren’t afraid to go out a little, either, working into a nice 70's rock style at times, dusting off their Led Zeppelin records no doubt. So, no we are not talking serious experimentation. This is a good record from a band that knows its part of the scene and just wants to improve as a band, not become megastars. But with one or two truly classic songs, this is a band that has the potential to really attract a lot of attention - Benjamin Howarth - Penny Black Music


  • The Cushion Theory- Self Titled (2002)
  • The Cushion Theory- Model/Actress (2006)
  • The Cushion Theory /Audrye Sessions 7" vinyl (2008)
  • The Cushion Theory- Saint Lawrence (2011)
  • The Cushion Theory - Green Light (2015)



The Cushion Theory

Straight out of San Francisco, CA, by way of Reno, Tahoe, Alaska and Oakland, we've found the secret sauce that powers great indie rock and are serving it up to you. All the gooey goodness of hard driving guitar, bashing drums and vocals that infect your soul, TCT is one of rock and roll's best kept secrets.

Raised on a heavy diet of Dinosaur Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Hot Water Music, Braid,  and mix tapes, The Cushion Theory has a sound that keeps you coming back for more.

Vocals, Guitar / Jordan Griggs
Vocals, Guitar / Justin Griggs
Bass / Chris Allison
Drums / Muggy

Band Members