Rough Cut Love
Imagine if Wilco and Radiohead got together and dressed up like Ziggy Stardust, then tried to re-record The White Album. If you've got that in your head, cool! If not, you should listen to Joe Griffin's 'Rough Cut Love.' Joe Griffin writes hooky, odd guitar pop/rock inspired by and recalling the work of such giants as The Beatles, Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Ziggy-era David Bowie. Praise from the Illinois Entertainer spanning the last decade includes such laudatory phrases as 'truly talented' and 'rich, strong vocals,' as well as slightly puzzling ones like 'intelligent guitars.' Joe Griffin has been playing guitar and performing music for thirty years. During his musical career he has performed and/or recorded with numerous Chicago bands including the Others, Question of Honour, and The Radio Hour. He is currently a member of the garage-experimental duo Donny Who Loved Bowling and the lead guitarist for his brother Pete's band Braintree. Joe's full-length CD, 'Rough Cut Love' was released September 3, 2006 on Toxic Bag Records. 'Joe Griffin's 'Rough Cut Love' is loaded with infectious pop hooks, impeccable classic rock sensibilities, and seasoned with a dash of alt-rock spiciness. A departure from his previous work with the experimental garage-band Donny Who Loved Bowling, the songwriting here is more mature, the musicianship experienced, and the lyrical craftsmanship poetic. 'Rough Cut Love' marks the impressive emergence of Joe Griffin as a creative force to be reckoned with, and should easily win the hearts and ears of all who take the time to listen.' -- Vince Font, 'Schizopolis' Internet Radio Show.