Kurt, who also serves as the group's lead singer, is joined by his brother, Rick, on rhythm guitar and by the drummer's wife, Kristen Pinell, on lead guitar. Pinell also works some flute and harmonica into their repertoire. The three made their first CD together in 1994 after forming in the mid-80s. College professor Michael Kelly rounds out the quartet. He was the last to join the band in 2003, stabilizing the lineup after a series of bassists came and went.
The band's name is a cool bit of trivia. They are named after Private Gripweed, the character John Lennon played in the 1967 movie How I Won The War.
|Left to Right: Kristen Pinell, Kurt Reil, Michael Kelly, and Rick Reil|
All four members wrote music for this album and there is a cover of Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me" that is very similar to the original version but still nicely played.
Not all of the songs from the music player below are from Strange Change Machine but listen anyway and you'll hear one of the finest unheralded power pop groups around today.