Gnarly Karma Releasing New Single 'Back Around Today

By: Jan. 06, 2017
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If you thought 2016 was GNARLY...get prepared for what's to come! Having had an incredible year which included performances at the Sayville NY Seafood Fest, NYC's Legendary Bitter End, The Montauk Music Festival, an Exclusive Premiere of their video for "Grey Street" (Dave Matthews Band Cover) via Elmore Magazine, their TV debut on My Long Island TV and Verizon FiOS1's "Rick's Rising Stars", opening for Robby Krieger of The Doors & Special Guest The Edgar Winter Band, AND been mentioned in a recent New York Times article regarding their studio: Montclair Records - Long Island's own Gnarly Karma is set to release a BRAND NEW SINGLE "Back Around" on Friday, January 6th! And with that, they'll be premiering the tune Thursday, January 5th at 89 North- 89 N Ocean Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772 (where fans will get the exclusive link to the track one day prior to its release)!

LISTEN: Gnarly Karma "Back Around" via SoundCloud

The group consisting of members Mike Renert (Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica), Jarrod Beyer (Drums, Percussion), Ryan McAdam (Bass), Billy Hanley (Alto & Tenor Saxophone, Keyboard, BGV's), and newest member Adam Sklar (Guitar) brings a wide and varied range of influences to the table equating to their unique sound, which is most often associated with that of Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, and Mumford & Sons, but not restricted by genre. Originally starting in 2012 with Renert and Beyer, McAdam and Hanley later came into the mix having gone to school together with Beyer, who'd also performed with McAdam in Alt band "We Love Radio". Sklar joined in mid 2016 bringing a powerful guitar style ranging in influence from RHCP to Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks.

Though the "outer layer" of their music could be most closely associated with the alternative rock elements of bands like DMB, Mumford, or even O.A.R., a more unique style mixing a harder acoustic-punk, post-hardcore edge in many of their songs makes it evident that--like many bands often pigeonholed by genres--there's more to find when you keep peeling. This comes to the forefront on their 2016 debut LP "Classic Breeze", with songs like the acoustic driven "Neptune" evoking Jimmy Eat World'esque or even Taking Back Sunday comparisons, "Directions" could be more closely associated with that of Dave Matthews through not only Hanley's eloquent horn arrangement but Renerts vocals as well. A tune like "Please Come Home" brings these elements full circle with its catchy chorus "Don't ask me where I'm going // Don't ask me where I've been" with overdubbed crowd vocals making the true live band experience unmistakeable.

With their new single "Back Around", the band's more hard-driven edge is illustrated through both their intense mixture of heart pounding instrumentation and lyrics. The song illustrates the story of an unfaithful lover who realizes the error of her ways right before it's too late. In it, Renert belts "Whoa oh, well she came back yea // Whoa oh, well you know he tried // Whoa oh, well she came back before he died, she said "I'm Sorry" with a powerful fury as the song's energy builds, continuing "She came back sooner than later, before I found out // With her tricks and those loose lips she thought she had it figured out // She can't run any faster than I can, don't slow down look back cuz I'm already gone" in a ferocious mix of hard driving guitar, thumping bass and rhythm, and sublime sax work.

With a number of various musical elements making up the true core of Gnarly Karma, the band has said of both past and upcoming performances "We give it our all at every show, and do everything in our power to make sure the people that come to see us feel our energy and contribute to it".

And with their new single "Back Around" there's no shortage of that energy that makes the band seem ready to conquer the New Year as they get ready to give fans an exclusive premiere Thursday, January 5th at 89 North with its official release the following day!

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