The Battalion, Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, page 3:
The word “grass” has multiple connotations in the lyrics of the band Grass...
The difference between Grass and other independent musicians is the unpredictable angle it brings to music. Grass' songs are marked with depth and unusual harmonies.
Marvin Pair, called “Mo,” Jarle Lillemoen and Carlos Lopez wanted to start a band to communicate ideas. Lillemoen said he believes there is more to a song than just playing music; he said band members also can communicate thoughts to the audience.
“Being in a band is a powerful position to get a certain point across,” Lillemoen said. “There may be music playing, but there is always some sort of underlying emotional idea within the song.”
Pair serves as the bass player and vocals; Lillemoen, vocals and electric or acoustic guitar; Lopez, drums. Grass' claim to fame is the band members' ability to interchange instruments with each other mid-show.
Grass is often compared to Blind Melon, Rush and Frank Zappa.
Each member of the band gives their opinions on potential songs, Lopez said, and this is known as the “grassification process.”
“In general, we all have input into our songs,” Lopez said. “Usually though, Jarle or Mo will come to practice with a skeleton of a song and the rest of us may reinterpret, add or subtract to it.”
The Austin Chronicle, March 20, 1998:
Grass: They will smoke you out. Eclectic 3 piece from Austin. Combination of Pop & Jazz at it's best.
Texas Spirits Band Jam, 1999 bulletin, Bob Popular's, Nov. 10, 1999:
Grass is a trio of good-natured, well-rounded musicians who seek and draw inspiration from a wide range of sources. Their style is influenced by, but not limited to groups such as the Police, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Miles Davis and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The Austin Daze, Issue 59, Record Review Page 10, Grass' “Zonk”
If you're like me, you may have been asking yourself, “Self, whatever happened to the Art Rock of the seventies?” Well, I've always thought it died as our attention spans gradually grew shorter, and the “dumbing down of America” became the priority of the powers that be. But before I start on a rant about how the music industry caters to the lowest common denominator and it's all part of a totalitarian regime partitioning out information in such a way that... nevermind. I live in Austin and it doesn't have to be that way. I have a brain of my own, so do you, and it doesn't have to be that way.
Grass is a three-piece project lead by bass dynamo band vocalist Mo Pair, who also fronts the psychedelic funk band Groovin Ground. Moving in a late 60's early 70's art rock direction that is part Yes, America, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, the sounds recorded here are lush and creative-bringing you back to those days when having a brain was cool.