The Music

Music Featured In The Film

We’ll be building out this page with information on the music from the film. First up, the two bands who are reuniting to play at the benefit for the first time since the 90s:

Groovechild is an all original band often referred to as genre bending “Biker Jazz” a mix of influences and styles with free form extended Jams. formed in the late 80’s by Oyster River High school students Jeff Bibbo, Bryan Killough, Andy Lanoie, and Jim Spires In Durham NH. Following the example of other local and regional acts Groovechild Quickly developed a large fanbase and by 1992 with new Bass Player John Lecess was outselling national artists with their 12 song Demo release “Sick at Last” The single “Riverside” went on to be the #1 requested song on local Rock station WHEB for over seven weeks. Attracting the attention of numerous major labels. In 1993 “Nh’s Best kept secret” Was only the second band to ever sell out the Portsmouth Music Hall (Phish had done so previously) with reps from 13 major labels in attendance. Over the next few years Offers were made but the Band ultimately turned Down a recording contract independently releasing a second album “House of Life” with Drummer Steve Ruhm in 1995 and continuing to play sold out performances for the next decade. Over the years the line up changed Many times, but always with the two primary founding members intact, Bryan Killough who’s jazz influenced guitar work is the signature of Groovechilds sound along with the Lyric and Vocal style of Jeff Bibbo. The Rhythm section has seen a whos who of local players, Bass players James Spires, John Lecess(Assembly of Dust,Percy Hill) Nate Edger (Vitamin C, John Browns Body) Drummers Andy Lanoie, Steve Rhum(Say ZuZu, Mr Rabbit) Ed Arnold, and Former Guitarist Adam Terrel (AOD) After well over ten years having gone their separate ways the primary 1990’s line up of Killough,Lecess,Ruhm and Bibbo Remain The Groovechild many Fans Remember.

Portsmouth, NH based Thanks To Gravity had quite a roller coaster ride in their 8 year career. The first rock band on the Seacoast, NH music scene to self-release an album in compact disc format, the band quickly established themselves as trendsetters, constantly pushing the boundaries of their musical genre. In the time since the band released 4 other discs, 2 independently, one on AWARE Records, and in 1997 the band inked a multi-album deal with Capitol Records. Throughout it all, the band remained rooted in the Portsmouth area, staying loyal to the Seacoast fan base that propelled them to the brink of commercial success. In addition to their recording accomplishments, the band shared the marquee with such artists as Sinead O’Connor, The Dave Matthews Band, Edwin McCain, Train, and Matchbox 20. The group collaborated on projects with world-renowned producers Rupert Hine (Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Rush), Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, They Might Be Giants, Semisonic) and John Alagia (The Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer). In 1995, the band performed a classical piece composed by frontman Andy Happel with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. Band members currently reside in Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH.

  • Laura Ball

    If the live music at the screening at the Music Hall of IDOBD was an example of the music I missed back in the day, believe me I will not miss any of the current, great talent playing in the area.