Gramps The Vamp

by Gramps The Vamp

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Gramps The Vamp tells a story of intrigue and mystery using sinister afrobeat-influenced funk grooves, strongman horn lines, and apocalyptic utterances from the dark corners of classic sci-fi and horror radio. The result is DOOM FUNK: an unmistakeable stew that both makes you want to dance and raise an eyebrow.

Assembled by Keyboardist Maxx McGathey in the fall of 2011, Gramps The Vamp arose from its sweaty house party roots to become a staple in the Chicago music scene, regularly playing prominent venues such as the Double Door, Martyrs, and Metro. The band has received several media distinctions including Best New Band 2013 in the Chicago Reader's Best Of Chicago, and Deli Chicago’s band of the month in September 2014.

After several lineup changes over the years, Gramps The Vamp settled into a 7 piece for their 2014 self-titled release. Recorded at Killion Sound, in North Hollywood, CA with producer Sergio Rios (Orgone), the album features McGathey on keys, Stevenson Valentor on drums, Kevin Holt on bass, Mike Novak on guitar, Peter Gillette on trumpet, Nick Bush on alto sax, Justin Howe on tenor sax, as well as frequent collaborator Eli Wilson on bari sax for select songs. Gramps The Vamp has their sights set on national distribution as well as touring in support of their release.


released 02 September 2014

All music written, arranged and performed by Gramps The Vamp. All voices are sampled from radio theater and film in the public domain (for a complete list of sources please email us). Recorded and mixed by Sergio Rios at Killion Sound in North Hollywood, CA. Mastered by Matthew Barnhart at Chicago Mastering Service. Produced by Gramps The Vamp and Sergio Rios.

Gramps The Vamp is. . .
Maxx McGathey - Keys, Samples
Kevin Holt - Bass
Stevenson Valentor - Drums, Percussion
Mike Novak - Guitar
Peter Gillette - Trumpet
Nick Bush - Alto Sax
Justin Howe - Tenor Sax

Eli Wilson - Bari Sax on track 1, 3, and 6

Gramps The Vamp would like to thank Sergio Rios, Mich Shirey, Eli Wilson, Brent Shumard, Alex Benson, Ron & Brenda McGathey, and all you folks that have supported us at our shows over the years!

Cover Photo by Justin Howe. On the cover: The Keith House,



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