Granicus in 1973
|Origin||Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|Genres||Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock|
|Years active||1969–1973 , 2016|
|Past members|| Woody Leffel|
Granicus was an American hard rock band formed in 1969 in Cleveland.Performing in clubs in Cleveland, the band were then later signed by RCA Records on March 15, 1973 and released their eponymous debut album in the same year. The band later opened for such performers as Bob Seger, Cactus and Spirit to promote that first record, which has since been critically acclaimed in some classic rock circles. Disbanding in 1973, the group later reunited after finding their first record pirated and selling in Europe. In 2009, they released Thieves, Liars and Traitors on an independent label in 2010. from a collection of unreleased material recorded in 1974. The group had experimented with several genres ranging from heavy blues rock and progressive rock to psychedelic rock and heavy metal.
Formed by drummer Joe Battaglia, the group would practice in his home but later moved to a Cleveland warehouse, a better-suited environment to compose their music with high energy.Commentating on coming of age in a Vietnam back-dropped America, the groups music was highly influenced by late-60s psychedelic rock artists such as Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Blue Cheer as well as early-70s hard rock giants, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. The influence would greatly been shown when lead vocalist Woody Leffel would sing in a high-pitched voice similar to Robert Plant, Ian Gillan and Geddy Lee.
In 2016, the band has announced they are working together again. They are attempting to regain control of their since-pirated first record, and are writing material for a third record. Three members of the original group, Battaglia, Pinell and Bedford are writing with Cashin and new vocalist Gerry Schultz. Leffel opted not to work on the third record.The band's second and third records are available on CDBaby.com
Granicus III, Better Days:
Granicus III, Better Days (2016)
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