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  • uPhonic Soundsystem

    First came the album, then the live experience
  • The newly formed uPhonic Soundsystem debuted an album before it became a band and started performing on stage. That's due, in part, to the man behind the musical madness, Peter Gross, and his drive to compose.
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  • The newly formed uPhonic Soundsystem debuted an album before it became a band and started performing on stage. That's due, in part, to the man behind the musical madness, Peter Gross, and his drive to compose.
    "Technically, it's all my music, and at some level I'm sort of the dictator," said Gross, who plays guitar and keyboards and sings. Influenced by Pink Floyd and Phish, Gross describes uPhonic's sound as dark, sexy, moody and heavy.
    Joining him is Shawn Freedman on guitar, Eric Jones on bass, Aaron Cook on drums and Calysta Cheyenne on vocals. Most of their songs come from Gross, who has been writing music since he was 17, but they have a few unexpected cover tunes by British bands up their sleeves as well.
    "We do 'Sour Times,' which is by Portishead, and a few tunes by Morcheeba, and we do 'Clint Eastwood' by Gorillaz," said Gross.
    With the help of friend Vincent Bierbach, Gross released an EP of his compositions called "Bella Danger" in 2012. Since then, he and his new bandmates have been preparing to perform the songs for a live audience.
    "It made the first rehearsals easy," said Jones.
    "I was able to be very clear from the start, because a lot of this is about me and my musical process in terms of making music," Gross said. "I just had to make music that I wanted to hear for the purest reasons — for music's sake."
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