When it comes to groovy-funky-soul jams, it’s pretty hard to go wrong. With the smooth rhythms that keep the beat of your heart, to sultry lyrics that break us out of the prisons of our own design, a good R&B band is part of the recipe for a happy life (imho).
One of these rare bands happen to be right in our backyard, residing in the tall pines and cool breezes of Boone, North Carolina. Their name is TerraBANG, and they’re here to bring the vibe.
I met with Sergio Grossi who plays keys and contributes vocals to the band and he explained the band’s ethos, “What we’re trying to do is bring people together, to make people happy. We want to express ourselves to the fullest capability, and express the emotions we feel. People say that they like the album, like the songs, and different songs resonate with different people. We just want to create an experience for people when they hear our music. I want to make them happy, but I also want to make them cry.”
As far as their mission of bringing the feelings to your everyday R&B playlist, they are a massive success. TerraBANG dropped their first album, Seed, in 2018, which was an explosive first move onto the scene. With eleven songs that travel through the trials and tribulations of love and life, the songs are uncategorized by any big-named genres. One of the biggest reasons for the genre-defying sound is because of the varying musical interests of everyone in the band.
Grossi continued, “I would say that we have a bunch of different inspirations, and we take a little bit from everything. I feel like my solo music doesn’t really fall into just one category. I just released this album called Love Chronicles, which is like a hip hop album. I’m rapping on every song, but it’s not a great album to release on a hip hop or rap blog, because it’s unlike anything out there. TerraBANG is just like that, it’s unlike anything else out there.”
TerraBANG is comprised of a metal drummer, a couple of jazz musicians, an indie rocker, and a pop-driven vocalist who all know their way pretty well around just about any instrument you can put in front of them. Most of the members of the band were music majors at Appalachian State, and are putting those years of studying to good use.
Grossi said, “Everyone [has] high musical intelligence. So Hinton is pitch perfect, and Brady has relative pitch, and they all play about a thousand different instruments. They all play bass, trumpet, violin, mandolin, guitar, if you go on their Instagrams you’ll see them playing a bunch of different instruments. I would probably say that Aaron has relative pitch too, because he can transpose into any key at any time. If I wanted to sing a tune, he could just play it on his saxophone. Anything that he thinks of.”
As far as the upcoming fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival, this is the group’s first venture down to Pittsboro for the event. After about two years performing together, TerraBANG has the kind of stage-presence that makes them impossible to miss. They plan to bring a couple of covers to get the crowd singing along, throw in a few of their own tunes from the 2018 album, and might even play a few from their upcoming release, due in September.
“They can expect us to blow their minds. For me it’s like every gig is a new chance to work as being a performer, and actually giving someone not just plenty of music, but getting them involved and to clap their hands and sing along, ” explained Grossi.
Make sure to come pay TerraBANG a visit this fall at Shakori Hills October 3 – 6, and watch out on their Facebook page for details on their upcoming new release.
You can stream Seed on their bandcamp page.
Check out their tune “Ambition & Affection” on YouTube: