Grand Rapids, Michigan has always been my musical sweetheart, especially in the past few years. Having built relationships with local artists, I also appreciate the mindset of these artists. They are openly supportive of other bands in their scene, as well as being knowledgeable of what is happening to the scene they are to become a part of. As I discover the great talent that pours out of this city, I am constantly amazed by the new things I hear coming from it, and the surrounding cities. Charles the Osprey is one such band.
Assaulting your ear drums with sniper rifle proficiency, Rafael Ohli plays a guitar in such a way to make most up-starts want to smash their guitars before they even begin. Then this 2-headed monstrosity turns it’s head, and Derek Lancioni comes along with his drumset ushering in an aggressive storm front of crashing cymbals and thunderous toms. These two heads intertwine with their otherwise clashing sounds and barrage the listener with melody and rhythm unlike anything they have perceived before. Charles the Osprey brings the instrumental math rock genre to it’s next level. This band is an example of progression in an otherwise stagnant music scene.
So step up and give these local legends a chance. I can promise, anyone who considers themselves a music fanatic, will not leave unhappy. Take a chance, young music enthusiasts.
You can download their free 6 track EP titled Belongings here.
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