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Uploaded 04/15/2012

Episode 38b: The McGrath Project

The McGrath Project had two top-10 Internet radio hits off of its self-titled debut album in 2009 with “The Chance” (#10) and “Where You Belong” (#1).
In 2010, the band released its second album, a two volume set called “Love is a 4-letter Word, Volume 1 & 2.” To promote it, the band is performing 8 to 12 shows a month including a regular gig on Monday nights at Lucy’s 51 in Toluca Lake, Calif. Past performances and current ones are at such notable Los Angeles establishments as The House of Blues Voodoo Lounge on the Sunset Strip, The Cat Club, The Knitting Factory and Rusty’s Surf Ranch, as well as performances in several cities during The International Pop Overthrow festival, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix.
You can currently hear the band’s music on more than 100 FM radio stations across the continental United States and Canada, with the release of the first two singles off the double CD, “Love is a 4-Letter Word Volume 1 & 2”. The punk-influenced, in-your-face energy of “Your Secret Is Out” and the country-esque, slyly humorous female anthem “Piss Me Off” show a sample of just how many different styles this band incorporates into their sound. This is not your average band where the members have grown up together and listened to the same records through the years. The McGrath Project is a group of musicians, all respected in their own right, drawing from experiences gathered from living and breathing music, touring the globe, and now coming together to create music that couldn’t possibly be categorized or pigeon-holed. Catchy, yet innovative, simple, yet experimental, comic, sinister, heartfelt, perceptive, rock’n’roll, punk, blues, psychedelic, country, jazz … you will hear it all in one listen to “Love is a 4-Letter Word.”
Stephen K. Peeples    “House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.
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