The Grimaldi Band
Andy Davies and Russell Underwood have been friends and musical sparring partners for over ten years; immediately finding synergies in musical styles, good ale and the Drive-by-Truckers. After years of being in other bands, but jamming together often, they decided to take things a little more seriously.
One of the first songs written by the newly formed duo entitled ‘Where the Devil Plays’ became the title track for a piece of musical theatre co-written and directed by Kelly Underwood. It was during the collaborative process of creating the play that Kelly became involved in the band, and thus ‘The Grimaldi Band’ evolved into a three piece.
In terms of musical genre, like many bands with multiple writers, it is difficult to pigeon-hole. But, if any description seems fitting, it would probably have to be something like ‘alternative folk-blues’/Americana, if there is such a thing. The ‘label’ is, as it is in most of life, somewhat unimportant. For the band the purpose of each song was to tell a story. Not always in the literal sense, although some songs, ‘'The Ballad of Elma Jardine’ and ‘Further’ are in somewhat of a linear tradition; other songs, like ‘Number 22’, ‘Nangle’ and ‘Breathe’ are concerned with specific emotional context of the individual moment, and the ‘story’ that moment tells. These are, in the band’s opinion, the stories that shape lives and write destinies. The set list is refreshingly realistic though; the stories told contain both light and dark, there are some songs to think about and other songs there simply to sing along to and enjoy. All are delivered with feeling and conviction, with the music and melodies being provided by acoustic guitars, flute and tight vocal harmonies.