Soul Garage Experience is the renowned award winning writer/producer/bassist Fabrizio ”Fab” Grossi’s solo band. It features the stellar Jane’s Addiction & Porno for Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, American Idol finalist Diimond Meeks on vocals/hammond, fellow LA based guitar up coming monster Derek Day, (who has opened for and performed with luminaries such as Steve Vai, Moby, Vernon Reid, and Slash) plus a string of surprise guests and additional sidemen.
Their sound can be easily associated with contemporary Rock-Blues and Neo-Soul artists such as Vintage Trouble, The Black Pumas, Gary Clark Jr., The Black Keys, Fantastic Negrito. Thanks to the musicians’ own backgrounds, history, and their endless love for Hendrix, Cream, James Brown, Bob Marley, and Curtis Mayfield alike, the resulting music experience offered by the band is an infectious groove laden combination of old and new school with a music prowess and ownership that turns heads and instigates curiosity. While its lyric content is socially aware, very positive, and poetically urban with a twist (even if the topics touched are no joke), it portrays Fab’s own up bringing as a citizen of the world with stops in Milan, London, Toronto, New York & his beloved LA. Fab is excited to bring his music to all, to excite, thrill, enlighten, and raise awareness of how we can all come together in the not only the most difficult but also the best of times.
The collected work that became Counterfeited Soulstice Vol 1, the band’s debut, is the album Fab says he would have wanted to do if it was still 1972. Sadly enough, the majority of its themes could have worked back then, as they are incredibly current today. The ghost of his first true musical love, Bob Marley, is definitely felt throughout the whole record, and not only for the often-embraced Reggae tones, but for the simple, positive & direct way the often engaging and opinionated lyrics are narrated.
The comparison couldn’t be more descriptive, since all of the above were unconsciously a big influence on Fab’s musical up bringing. Maybe because of the western cities factor, Soul Garage Experience often adopted Reggae draws, have more in common with Joe Strummer and Co, than with the sunny Jamaican Rasta vibes, but the gritty funky/soul core of his music, and that “urban proletarian” spin of the Caribbean sound track, makes this motley crew and its debut record a happy re-discovery of all the colors of soul music we all grew up to know, and then some.
The record features some pretty solid cats such as Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno for Pyros), Hermann Matthews (Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder), Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, Joe Satriani, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul Mc Cartney), Bette Smith, Alastair Greene (Alan Parsons), Diimond Meeks (American Idol & America’s Got Talent finalist and CeeLo Gen pupil), Alex Alessandroni Jr (Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston, Pink, Natalie Cole), and again Derek Day, Dylan Meek, The Supersonettes (Francis Benitez & Andrea Grossi Benitez), Chris Hansen, Fabio Drusin, and more.
Just like for his other award winning band Supersonic Blues Machine (fronted by Kris Barras with Kenny Aronoff, Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, and other sublime talents) the thrilling live shows of the band are heavily jam based, so to embrace the golden era of live Blues Rock & Soul: the 60’s and the 70’s! On-stage, the ensemble easily moves between its brand new original tunes from the upcoming album, Counterfeited Blues and all time classics spanning time in Hendrix, Cream, Allman Bros, Stevie Wonder but they are a far cry from your regular cover band, this is a true Soul Garage Experience!