The Parade features five originals and the band’s interpretation of the Cream classic, “Politician.” In celebration of the release, Greg will be a guest on Steel City Live’s podcast on November 6th performing to a limited audience of twenty guests. With heavier guitars, blazing solos and impactful lyrics, The Parade explores themes of personal evolution, staying true to oneself and perseverance.
Recorded in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, The Parade was co-produced by Garry Lee and Mike Tarsia with Greg. In addition to Greg’s impassioned vocals, pointed songwriting and blistering lead guitarwork, the band features Garry Lee on bass guitar and backing vocals, drummer Tom Walling, guitarist Allen James and keyboardist Wally Smith. Gloria Galante performs harp on select tracks.
The EP kicks off with the hard rocking “Wake Up,” a searing call for the listener to truly grasp what it is like to walk in the shoes of a Black person in contemporary America. Contrastingly, “Feelin Sumthin’” is an uplifting rocker. “I tried to capture the country, blues, rock and gospel in this one with lyrics that make you remember why you are in certain situations to begin with,” Greg says.
“It’s Never Too Late,” is a gentle, acoustic tribute to the singer’s late mother who passed away a decade ago this year. “It’s never too late to work things out… We’ve always been together, no, I won’t forget, ” he promises.
Greg pays homage to Cream with his version of “Politician,” which premiered on WXPN’s The Key, who rave, “Sover’s personal touches including more bluesy riffs and impassioned vocals allow him to have a new take on the classic rock piece.” The EP finishes up with the driving, “Never Gonna Stop,” a Hendrix inspired rocker that highlights Greg’s wailing lead vocal. “I wrote the riff first and I wanted this one to have a rock sound, but blues feel,” he says. “I speak about leaving behind everything that held you back in any way.”