Brother Grey Thinks Big

Atlanta group Brother Grey will bring its hard-driving, emotional alt-rock to Atlantic Station for this week's Friday Night Live in Central Park at 7 p.m.

If ever there was a band discontent with being a small-town act, it’s Brother Grey.  These guys are thinking big, hoping to soon become a nationally known name in the alternative rock scene.

The band, made up of lead vocalist Chris Pierson, lead guitarist George Marlow, drummer Adam Jaffe, rhythm guitarist Devin White, bassist Jeremy Barge and vocalist and keyboardist Tristan Brown, has hit the ground running in the mere year the guys have been together. 

Luckily, it seems the stars have been aligned for this band, even from the start.  A little over a year ago, Pierson and Marlow were playing together, but looking to round out their sound.  That’s when a fan happened to set them up with another group that was looking for a vocalist.  That group was Jaffe, White and Barge.

The story behind the band’s name is another fateful tale.  Pierson was searching for his place in life, when his uncle happened upon a book called “Brothers in Gray,” a compilation of letters written among brothers during the Civil War.  The brothers turned out to be Pierson’s relatives.

Pierson noticed how although we live over two hundred years later, the problems we face are the same.

“It inspired Brother Grey to become what it is today,” said Pierson.

The band also counts another stroke of luck in its recording process.  Pierson and Marlow own a recording studio, Ionian Sound Studio, meaning Brother Grey gets unlimited studio time to find that perfect sweet spot with its music, something newer bands don’t usually have.

As soon as the band formed, Brother Grey spent five months in the studio, recording its debut album “1.”  With all the time the guys had in the studio, they were able to collaborate as a band on songs and learn to play with one another.

“When we got together, it just clicked,” said Jaffe.  “We really became brothers in the studio.”

The album features a hard-driving emotional rock sound, reminiscent of A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails and Tool.  It hits on the feeling of not being defeated anymore and facing the battle we all have within, said Pierson. 

“You have to find a common ground that relates to everyone,” he said about his songwriting.

Jaffe agrees, saying Brother Grey’s live show is all about connecting with the audience on an emotional level.

“We try to move people, and I think we do,” he said.

Brother Grey continues to look towards the future, but for now, working towards the dream means finding a management team and getting out there to play more shows.

Come check out Brother Grey at its next gig, this week’s Friday Night Live at Atlantic Station’s Central Park, starting at 7 p.m.  Jaffe said they try to connect with each person who comes out to see their shows.

“People have no idea what we have to offer,” he said.

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