Every week, we try to find “new” and “unsigned” artists to feature on our website. This week’s “Artist of The Week” is a band known as KilterGrey. Their name Kiltergrey is only a slight taste of the deep feelings and emotions wrapped into their music. Kilter is the part that holds everything in order, while Grey,/i> teeters on the edge of chaos. The grey finds itself in the written words and the order is expressed by the emotion of Kiltergrey’s vocals. The two of them unite to produce a sound that people connect with quite naturally. This is the genius of KilterGrey and anyone who listens to their hits “Sunrise”, “Empowerment Camp”, “Fathertime” and “Turn” can not disagree.
When you hear their music, you will connect to the feelings and emotions expressed through their rhythms and beats. The songs are habitually melancholy and soul searching. KilterGrey is a combination of four friends from incredibly different backgrounds using natural talents to convey a message. Thomas Rennaker grew up on a farm and competed with 5 sisters and 3 brothers in order to be heard. His voice is strong and unique. He can sing high and low and is able to express the full range of sentiment that is KilterGrey. Travis Benedictis from Salt Lake City, Utah. He plays bass and shares in the writing of the lyrics. Travis or "Willee" teeters on grey and sifts deep meaningful words from this dark chaotic life. KilterGrey is an ordered greyness and a key element to their structure and to their form is Samuel D. Archibald. He hails from the gem state and traded in his college drums for a throne in the middle of KilterGrey. As we rally around him, he funnels the 4 into 1. Scott Walker is from Portland, Oregon. He finds himself stuck, along with his guitar and keyboard, in the middle of this band. Scott is structured and educated in his music, yet he is able to add to the full grey scale of emotion.
When asked why this group of four got together to make music the response is simple yet complex: “We have a dream that is conveyed in our songs. We do not play music to make noise, we play because it empowers and disturbs us. It is a release that we cannot find elsewhere. It is a disassociation of self, family, and society, for universal understanding. We wish to distribute our scars and our happiness to everyone willing to listen.” KilterGrey has been playing shows together for 8 years and new songs are continually finding the surface. This band will perform a couple songs at the L.A. Music Awards August 9th 2006. To find out more information please log on to their official website www.kiltergrey.com. If you are on MYSPACE, don’t forget to add Kiltergrey as your friend.