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The Gravel Pit


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Started in the late 80’s in New Haven, CT. They released two “Demo” tapes. The first in 1989 which was self titled and the second in 1992 titled “The Shark Long Player” the second had a re-recording of the song “Focusing on one specific goal and achieving it” from the first demo. The 1989 demo had a great cover of “See Emily Play” by Pink Floyd and is still to this day one of the best releases Connecticut has ever seen.

In 1995, Jed Parish, Lucky Jackson, Ed Valauskas and Pete Caldes came to Boston as The Gravel Pit — an accomplished young rock band from New Haven, CT, seasoned by a few years of high-energy club gigs and a solid indie debut (Crash Land, on Feralette Records) based on influences like the Clash and the Undertones. Gradually incorporating a range of influences from mod to metal and invested with Parish’s extraordinary gifts as a songwriter and singer, the band quickly generated a buzz on the Boston scene. Their early fans included such local pop stars as Kay Hanley and Jen Trynin, whose spirited support helped to bring the Pit to the attention of their Boston-based indie label, Q Division.

Within a year of their arrival in Boston, The Gravel Pit released the first of four Q Division releases. The Gravel Pit Manifesto (with pop-maestro producer Mike Denneen), was a brightly original, power-pop gem that earned them Best Indie Album and Best New Band at the 1996 Boston Music Awards. Their wildly energetic live shows and diverse catalogue of power-pop gems kept the momentum going strong for the next three years.

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