GreenStone unveils 'Gems'

GreenStone's debut album, "Gems," comprises 11 tracks of eclectic rock inspired by jam sessions and the Ashland band's impressions of life and culture.

"The songs are the result of jamming, listening and feeding off each other until we get something," said Joe LaPierre, guitarist and frontman of the band. "We go back and fine tune it later."

LaPierre penned many of the songs on the debut CD, while GreenStone members, drummer Sandy Lowry and bassist Paul Harmon, contributed ideas and arrangements.

GreenStone's CD release party is set for 9 p.m. Friday, March 5, at O'Ryan's Irish Pub, 137 E. Main St., Ashland.

Although the band has produced several demos, LaPierre calls "Gem" the band's first album.

"This is the first project I'm really proud of," he said.

"For being self-produced, for coming from our own creativity and our own equipment, that's what I'm so proud of and the music as well."

After completing the album nearly a month ago, LaPierre jumped to prepare the CD to market. He filed an application for copyright, purchased a Universal Product Code and packaged it to be sold in local stores — Music Coop in Ashland, Off the Wall Music Store in Central Point and The Trove in Grants Pass.

Although LaPierre calls it an eclectic mix, everyone has their own idea of what genre of music it is, he said.

"It's variations of rock 'n' roll, everything from mellow to reggae rock, from classic rock to hard rock," he said.

"It comes down to good old 4/4 time rock and roll ... it all comes from basic rudimentaries of music nothing overly progressive."

The content of the songs is as varied as the rock.

In the song "Alien Technology," the band questions wether all the technology that has emerged in the last 50 years is actually from aliens. On another track, LaPierre sings about the more common topic of friends, more specifically, about friends who have turned on you. The lyrics read, "With friends like this, I don't need enemies anymore."

The band will play these and other "Gems" songs at the CD release party on Friday. The CD will be available for $5 at the party.

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