Grid Hopper is a fully instrumental progressive rock band. Hailing from the vibrant Pacific Northwest music scene, Grid Hopper fuses classic progressive rock elements with newer mathematical and experimental aspects to create a completely original musical style. They have been compared to notable groups such as King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Dream Theater, Opeth, and many more, but always “with a twist”.
In writing new music, Grid Hopper attempts to achieve a high level of musical sophistication and push the boundaries of conventional Rock and Roll. Their music draws influence from many disciplines, including elements from hard rock, jazz, metal, funk, neo-classical and post-rock/shoegaze genres. Each individual member of the band comes from a different musical background and contributes distinct flavors to the band’s overall sound: from the Seavello brothers’ varied levels of training in jazz, classical, and rock music; to Phil Allen’s experiences as center snare in a Drumline and student at the Seattle Drum School; to Grant Olson’s self-taught but naturally talented stylings on the bass.
The band was formed in 2009 under the name Portrait. At the time, the band’s youngest member, Ben, was only 14. After three years of playing occasional shows, building a loyal fan-base, and developing their musical identity, they changed their name to Grid Hopper (due to legal reasons) and released their first studio album, Patterns in the Air.
Grid Hopper’s live shows are animated, exciting and inspiring. The band prides themselves in playing with precision and energy, and always try to connect with fans in the audience before, during, and after the show. Grid Hopper has played a number of notable shows, including Rock Against Rape at Central Washington University, a benefit concert for VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, Musicians of Marysville’s M.O.M.Fest 2011, and many more. They have shared the stage with other locally and nationally well-known bands such as The Good Hurt, JAR (of Rain), The Cat From Hue, Candysound, The Sunbeams, The Melancholics.
Now that they have released their first album, Grid Hopper is looking to expand their influence in the Greater Seattle Area. New shows are being booked, new music is being written, and exciting things are in the future. Be sure to check them out sometime, Grid Hopper is not a band you’ll want to miss.
Grid Hopper is:
Isaac Seavello - Primary Electric Guitar
Ben Seavello - Keyboard, Synthesizer and Piano
Grant Olson - Electric Bass
Gabe Seavello - Secondary Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Flute
Phil Allen - Drums and Percussion