There’s a reason this band was voted “Band of the Month” by our readers.
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We went to see them perform at Helen’s on January 21st and what a show! These guys are full of energy, they love their audience, and their array of superbly sung songs made seating easy to find because every one was shaking it on the dance floor.
There is a method to their madness: their first set had everyone singing and dancing to todayâ€™s pop dance songs, the second set included dance songs that were hits from the late ’90’s to today, and their final set was head-banging rock ‘n’ roll! No matter your musical preferences, Griffin and the Gargoyles had it covered.
Thou shalt love thy fans: There was so much love going on between the band and the audience that I began to wonder if I was really in the middle of some sort of family reunion, lol. Throughout their performance, lead singer, Griffin took photos from on stage of the dancing audience who were ecstatic to be photographed. In between sets, every guy in the band was out mingling with the audience; not promoting their band but thanking them for coming. Even more impressive, they would recognize someone whom they recognized from other concerts and made a point to tell them so.
There’s no bizness like show bizness: While they sincerely love their fans, Griffin and the Gargoyles really have it going on in the promotions department. They have a wicked website, a myspace, an email list, and do drawings to give away prizes such as a free in-home concert! Who wouldnâ€™t love that? While many bands offer a website and myspace for their fan base, not all do as Griffin and the Gargoyles; update their site almost daily and they offer pictures of the fans at their shows.
Griffin (Griff)- Singer
A former banker, Griff turned his tie in for a microphone and started singing professionally at the age of 24. He was one of the founding members of Gargoyle Reign. He attended SLU where he majored in Finance and played on the baseball team. He is a real estate broker and mortgage lender.
Little known fact:
Griff tried out for the Lutheran South High School choir…and didn’t make it.
Bob Cervera- Keyboards
Bob hails from Estherville Iowa. He started playing in bands at the age of 17. his Mother is his biggest influence in getting him involved with music; she started him playing piano at the age of 5 but harmony has always been his favorite thing to do. Bob has done music for organizations all over the country. In fact, the next time you hear music at “Fair St. Louis”, you’re probably hearing Bob’s music. He also was a musical director and has done many musicals and radio spots, including the music for the Steve and DC show.
Brian, a headhunter by day and rock star by night. He says he started playing bass because he was the 2nd best guitar player in a band. Now a master of bass he prefers custom made 5-strings, but still has his old Peavey from days past. He has toured in original bands and acted as an opening act for national bands.
Likes: All things Rock, funk, and hip-hop and Jazz (loves Def Leppard)
Dislikes: “The Hater Nation”, being confused for Andy
Aaron lives and breathes drums and music. He majored in music at Webster University, and can play virtually anything from Rock to jazz. He is probably some kind of mad genius; he can pretty much do anything he attempts, whether its playing diverse styles of music, or recording music, or making websites.
Rich has been playing with “Gargoyle” in some capacity since he was 19. Rich: “one day, in high school, I was talking to a friend of mine who was in a band and this really cute girl over heard us and came up and started talking to me; me-this shy, nerdy guy who never had girls talk to himâ€” that day I knew I was going to be a musician.”
Quirkiest Memory: I remember playing on the stairs at Sybergâ€™s on Gravois for free every Wednesday while dodging waitresses going up and down the stairs.”
You guys have an amazing range of songs. What’s your favorite stuff to play? We play whatever is on the radio. Everything from Rock, Alternative, Pop, Hip Hop, 80’s, Classic and Hard Rock-you name it, we got it.
Don’t expect to hear the same old songs in the same order night after night. With over an entire set and a half of new songs already under their belt and a play list that is growing by the week, you can be assured to hear something new each and every night…but donâ€™t be surprised if they toss in a couple old favorites here and there.
They can even play an even wider range of music with their three piece group. They do everything from Elvis, Beatles, Disco, R&B, Hip hop, dance, rock, classics and standards.
What image do your shows to conveys? We like for everyone to come in and just have fun, We want to make you dance to songs you will know and recognize. When you come to our shows be prepared to dance, rock and sing along with the band.Where can our readers catch your show? We have played all around the St. Louis area for years, we have even ventured as far as the Lake of the Ozarks, Chicago, Cincinnati and Kansas City. We play mainly clubs around St. Louis and we do many weddings and private parties.
Gargoyle Reign has been playing for at least 10 years, and probably seven for lounge.
Have you recorded any previous CDs/Tapes? We have demos floating around here and there, even dating back to the days of cassettes.
Who handles your daily business activities? (Bookings, promotions etc.)
Griffin or Bob handle the booking and business. You can reach them by sending an email to: Griffin@GriffinandtheGargoyles.com
Or our 24 hr hotline at: (314) 995-8665
p.s. They give away a free “show at your home” to one lucky fan who is selected at random from their email list so join up on their website: www.GriffinandtheGargoyles.com