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GreyMarket sings it loud and proud

GreyMarket is Mike Gargiulo, left, and L. Cave McCoy.

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GreyMarket is Mike Gargiulo, left, and L. Cave McCoy.

Marketeers: Mike Gargiulo, drums and vocals, and L. Cave McCoy, guitar and lead vocals.

CD: Dauntless, 2006.

Dauntless, indeed: Gargiulo met McCoy when Gargiulo and an unnamed friend posted a flier seeking a bassist. McCoy responded. He and Gargiulo hit it off and kicked out the original co-founder. Their personalities and priorities meshed so well they decided against additional members. McCoy began sequencing keyboard music on his laptop, and the GreyMarket sound was born.

What is the GreyMarket sound? Bold, melodic and dynamic rock 'n' roll with effects that add textures and epic sweep. The color gray doesn't come to mind, nor do semi-illicit capital gains. "The name GreyMarket just seemed appropriate," McCoy said. "I most equate it with our fan base. We don't really have a target audience, it's sort of in between pop and indie. You know, the grey area — ho, ho, ho. We're not very clever. We used the British spelling on 'grey' because we're complete ponces. Actually, it just balanced the word out better."

Out front: McCoy is no namby-pamby mumbler. He sings out and proud. Who inspires him? "I like Matt Bellamy from Muse, Robert Plant from back in the day. Not so into people like Thom Yorke; he's not too compelling … I find Bono to be a compelling frontman, though I don't like his big head. The antics we do on stage, we aren't channeling anyone. That's why I look like a gangly, bizarre nerd bouncing around — I don't know what I'm doing."

Gargiulo's mixed influences: "For me, it's a lot of oldies, stuff from doo-wop to Motown to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd; even new wave '80s stuff; and stuff like The Shins, Simon and Garfunkel, Radiohead and the Who. I'll listen to Hendrix and old big-band jazz."

Touring machine: The duo returned a couple of weeks ago from an extensive tour, which included Nashville and Columbus.

Bad luck, good karma: Leaving Columbus, they bent the rim of Gargiulo's minivan. They changed the tire at 2 a.m. in 40-degree rain. The next day, they found a mechanic in the Amish Country of Pennsylvania who fixed the bent wheel for $10. In New York, they played the Brooklyn Lyceum to an all-female crowd. At Arlene's Grocery in Manhattan, they played with Alexcalibur, whose singer had a bike wheel attached to his neck.

The real McCoy: Cave comes from his grandfather. Leonard is his first name, just like his dad and the doctor on Star Trek.

Gargiulo's guilty pleasure: "My beard."

McCoy's guilty pleasure: "Mike's beard."

Hear 'em: 8 p.m. Saturday with Tailgunner Joe and the Earls of Slander at Crowbar in Ybor City. $5. (813) 241-8600.

GreyMarket sings it loud and proud 03/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:48am]
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