The group released their first EP, Meet the Gregory Brothers!, on May 29, 2009. Village Voice music writer Ben Westhoff characterized the effort as "a lounge-y, refreshingly sincere slice of blue-eyed soul", and Jake Frazier of PopSense praised the work, claiming that it "[brought] more to the table than the other 1000 + songs [in his music library]". Westhoff opined that "unfortunately, many of the Brothers' new fans have no patience for anything that's not 'Auto-Tune the News'", though the group itself takes a broader view of its fans' tastes, believing that "there will definitely be some fans who found us through our videos, and who will be disappointed when they hear our records and they're not a bunch of hip-hop political parodies... [but] most people get that we are capable of creating music in different styles, and can appreciate our folky soul jams for what they are."
For the period of July 15–22 2009, 47–54 days after its release, the EP was ranked as the top-selling album on Amie Street in the category of "Soul / R&B".
Contributing musicians on the album include Doug Hulin (bass) and Justin Keller (saxophone). The album was recorded at the Mission Sound Recording facility in Brooklyn, New York, and was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zach McNees. The recording was mastered by Ricardo Gutierrez. The cover art photographer was Denny Renshaw, and Morgan King, founder of Yer Bird Records, is credited with its design.
- Cry Cry Cry
- Butter on My Roll
- West Coast Time
- A Wonder
- Do You Think?
The Gregory Brothers are a US musical group that characterise their music as "Country & Soul, Folk & Roll". Members include Michael Gregory on drums and vocals, Andrew Rose Gregory on guitar and vocals, Evan Gregory on keys and vocals, and Sarah Fullen Gregory (Evan's wife) on bass and vocals. They are most famous for their creation of musical viral videos, most notably the Auto-Tune the News series, which includes the "Bed Intruder Song". The three brothers, originally from Radford, Virginia, moved to Brooklyn, New York in the mid-2000s and met Sarah in the local music scene. The four formed a band in 2007.
The Gregory Brothers’ First-Ever App Turns Speech to Song
It’s not enough that The Gregory Brothers (of Autotune the News fame) are viral video sensations, Billboard Hot 100 artists, and soon-to-be television stars. Now, they have an app as well.
Songify - which was created by music application makers, Khush - is an extremely simple iOS application that turns speech into song.
Open the app and you’ll be greeted with a Shazam-like disc, which you can tap to record. Just speak into the phone - anything you like - tap the disc to stop recording, and the app creates an auto-tuned song with your words. You can create songs in a variety of styles - The Gregory Brothers supplied beats from hits like “Bed Intruder,” “Winning” and “Double Rainbow,” and Khush supplemented those tunes with a variety of musical style packs. Users can share finished songs on Twitter, Facebook and via email, and check out other users’ jams via a leaderboard in-app.
“This is the next level for democratizing this for our fans,” says Michael Gregory. “Because they’re always asking us, ‘How can I do this, too? Like when I see a Double Rainbow, I want to scream out in joy, but that won’t make it into a song. How do I do that?’ So now we’re able to interact with them and give them the opportunity to do that.”
T-Pain (oh, progenitor of the ever-popular I Am T-Pain app) recently announced that he was done with auto-tune. Looks like The Gregory Brothers can officially snatch up that fallen mantle now that they have an app of their very own.