3 Spin Review: Little Gray House: Howlin’ Moon

Little Gray House: Howlin’ Moon

Go See Them: Little Gray House’s CD release show is at 10 p.m. Saturday at Carmody Irish Pub, 308 E. Superior St.

Working knowledge of Little Gray House: I did a little mini write up on this band before they made their Homegrown debut. So, to know of them for less-than a year is to know of them for almost the entire time they’ve been together. What I learned during that interview: They are named for the house where some of the band members live.
Brief Bio: According to their Myspace page, the band started as just friends with a shared taste in music who wanted to form a band — despite not necessarily having years and years of mastering their chosen instruments. Marc Gartman was looking to create a bluegrass Celtic hybrid — and yanked a bouzouki off his wall and added it to the mix.

5 Things Little Gray House wants you to know about the song "Just Hold On, Sweetheart" via Gartman:

1. The song is about how being in a touring band can make it hard to maintain a romantic relationship back home. The lyrics are fairly nonfictional plus nonautobiographical.

2. That’s an original 1960s Maestro Fuzz-Tone guitar pedal making that little saxophone-sounding riff. Same sort of pedal that Keith Richards used on “Satisfaction.” It’s my dad’s pedal.

3. I was completely trying to make the song sound like “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum. A No. 1 hit for him in 1970 [in Canada].

4. Also sort of ripping off [Al] Sparhawk when he sings: “Take your time, sweet thing” on “Take your time” that Low/Retribution Gospel Choir tune.

5. “The other guys they lend a hand / The one I want though it is not from a man.” One of my favorite lines I’ve written.

3 Spin Review is a feature where I receive a CD in the mail. Take a quick zip, skipping ahead when a song starts to poke my brain, lingering when it has immediate appeal. Second spin includes listening to it while I’m doing something else. Third spin I actually decide if I like what I’m hearing. These brief reviews will also include my working knowledge of said band, so you know whether my opinion is trustworthy, and then the opinion of someone else who has reviewed the CD. (This plan deviates from its original form when it comes to local bands).