Greg In Good Company offers nostalgic relief for those who remember when melodic, analogue rock ruled the airwaves. Mixing folk, country, alternative and punk with themes of socio-political turmoil, the band has crafted a sound that is widely accessible yet deeply thought provoking.
The Los Angeles-based, 5-piece indie rock band was founded by frontman Greg Gilman in 2015 after the Philly native spent years honing his singing and songwriting skills in unlikely venues: stand-up comedy clubs. Performing acoustic ballads with filthy, satirical lyrics was fun, but Greg always had bigger ambitions, which began taking flight shortly after his best friend from high school died from a drug overdose. With nowhere to turn but his guitar to conquer his grief, Greg wrote a tribute to his fallen friend and unwittingly started on the path to finding the good company he keeps today by performing the song at a Burbank open mic. He was astonished to see the emotional impact his voice and lyrics had on the audience, and was even more shocked when a producer listening offered to record it – for free.
With a newfound confidence in his voice and songwriting, he ditched comedy and began performing more emotionally authentic material, which kept attracting future band members to join him on stage at more gigs. First a percussionist, then a bassist, and then another guitarist. Before Greg knew it, he had a full band backing him, most of whom would stick around to form Greg in Good Company – a nod to the band leader’s roots as a solo artist, as well as the good vibes that not only glue the group together, but infect audiences watching them. The full lineup consists off Greg (vocals, rhythm guitar), Lee (vocals, keys), Marty Vites (lead guitar), Alex Brinkschulte (drums) and Alex U’Ren (bass).
After the release of their first self-titled EP in 2016, the band caught the attention of LA’s The New 88.5 FM and received airplay on several other local radio stations. By 2017, they were playing at bigger clubs, indie music festivals, colleges, and even beat out over 100 competitors to win first place at a massive battle of the bands in Huntington Beach, CA. That prize served as the seed money to fund Greg in Good Company’s 10-track debut album, “American Way,” which was released this past summer to critical acclaim from blogs and music magazines, as well as DJs that played their tracks.
One listen to the record and you’ll hear that GIGC’s influences are all over the map, prompting comparisons to a wide rang of popular artists including Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Neil Young, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Ray LaMontagne, The Gin Blossoms and Bruce Springsteen.
Despite the flattering comparisons, Greg in Good Company isn’t interested in cheap imitation or chasing music trends. Instead, the band strives to continue to do what it does best: create catchy AF rock ‘n’ roll full of heart and soul.
So what are you waiting for? Stop reading and start listening.
"These are some of the most urgent topical songs I’ve heard in a good while, produced in the spirit of Bruce Springsteen, The Black Keys, and Edward Sharpe.
The timely ten-track record is a stirring, heartfelt experience as the band examine themes from the anxiety-inducing state of America right now to modern, social-media influenced romance. At the core of American Way is a lot of love, and Greg in Good Company extend that to you, dear listener, wherever you may be and wherever you may be going." — Impose Magazine
“The songs are written for you to think, reflect and question. And that, is a very good thing. ... ‘American Way’ travels through several genres as you listen track by track. With a strong indie-alternative flavor, its sound is refreshingly light as it balances against weighty topics. Overall, it’s fast and fun and ends with a song called called ‘Love.’ A total 180 from the title song, so perhaps there is hope for us after all. The album ends with the line, ‘Because love is all that matters in the end.’ How can you argue with that?” — OnStage Magazine
"A snappy statement on the status quo you can rock to… Greg in Good Company’s 'American Way' makes for lively listening. ... Dynamic enough to satisfy, yet self-aware enough to center itself. In 'American Way,' rock is on the menu, but it’s paired with poignancy as well – lamenting the sad facts of modern life with a touch of righteous revolt thrown in for good measure.
If you’re ready for rock with a dose of depth, then have a listen. You’re likely to like this." — The Odd Nugget
“I am an absolute sucker for a sexy male vocal. Give me a little grit, a little soul, and passion that flows deep into my bones. My latest obsession is this incredibly beautiful band called Greg in Good Company. From the moment I heard Greg Gilman sing his first note, I was hooked. Carrie’s Song was my first taste and the perfect simplicity of its melody and the power of the story behind his words won me over instantly. A dedication and declaration of his adoration to the one who encouraged him. It’s a breathtaking song that leaves you wanting to feel like that forever. … This kind of music is timeless. This band has a new home in my playlist and my heart. My favorite part of this job is all the times I get to fall in love with music. This is just the beginning of my journey with this incredible band.” — Artist View Music Blog
"Some people give you a piece of themselves when they sing and Gilman is that kind of vocalist. From the earliest notes of 'Carrie’s Song,' there is a visceral feel to his delivery that instantly authenticates the emotion. A soulful, blues revival track with a gospel tinge that absorbs you, 'Carrie’s Song' packs a sentimental punch while also offering a chorus that makes you want to join in and sing along with …
Greg In Good Company is often compared to big names such as Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Weezer among others. However, by combining elements from multiple musical genres such as folk, pop, and Americana, Greg in Good Company has developed their own roots rock sound and continues to carve their own path towards success one song at a time."
"While a rock band at heart, they’re also funky with touches of folk, country, and ska, wrapped up with that pop appeal bow. Their debut EP is a well-rounded selection of songs that each stand out on their own. Greg’s lyrics are honest, funny, and insightful." - JaxxShack music blog
"His band’s name, Greg in Good Company, seems to be fitting. Gilman certainly has surrounded himself with a tight group of talented musicians who, simply put, make good music. The band’s self-titled EP reflects that... All in all, Gilman and his band have put together a catchy, enjoyable listen that will become a quick favorite for most rock fans." - Lehigh Valley Underground music blog
"Indulge in the uplifting vibes of a Los Angeles gem that will awaken the days when acoustic funk and rasping soulful voices rang from every street corner. Greg Gilman and the crew make music with raw and ready bass riffs, jumping harmonies, and a tall glass of fun within every groove." - SoundOpen music blog
"I love this band." - Music Mafia Radio DJ Rick Landstrom