Jibe looking for 'new vibe' in Waco

Sept. 14, 2001

By Entertainment Editor Andy


After the terrorist

attack on the United States this week, music may seem a trivial

part in the big picture. But Dallas band Jibe wants to use their

music to help bring people together in a time of need.

'We want to make it through this thing together with our fans,'

Joe Grah, lead vocalist for Jibe said. 'Hopefully we can tap into

a new vibe.'

Jibe is headed to Waco Saturday night for a show at Scruffy Murphy's.

The group, who has been touring and making albums for eight years,

said Waco is one of their favorite gigs.

'It's been so cool in Waco,' Grah said. 'The city itself and Scruffy's

is very conducive for our band.'

If you've never been to a Jibe show, expect a heartfelt performance

and lots of dedicated fans in the audience. Over the years, Jibe

has traveled as far away as Pensacola, Florida and Minneapolis,

but has tried to play the majority of its shows in Texas over the

past few years.

'People in Texas are paying attention,' Grah said. 'There are lots

of people just wanting to come out and have a good time.'

Rachel Grady, a Ft. Worth senior, said she was hooked after seeing

Jibe play two years ago at Scruffy Murphy's.

'I love their attitude and excitement,' she said. 'It's usually

a crazy show.'

Jibe got its start eight years ago in Dallas where Grah ran into

guitarist Toby Bittenbender at a music store. They began jamming

together and the rest came together soon after. Grah said the group

found its rhythm early because of their relentless touring.

'Early on we toured non-stop,' he said. 'We did it to find each

other as a band.'

Jibe has placed a high emphasis on touring ever since. The band

plays 10-20 shows a month, and Grah said in eight years, they've

never played less than 10 shows in a month.

'I don't even have a house,' he said. 'Touring isn't for everyone.

I've seen many people fall from living in the fast lane. It can

be draining, but once you get used to it, it's not too bad.'

The band has released three albums since 1994. Their latest effort,

In My Head, was recorded in 2000 for $2500. Grah said Jibe met with

a larger record company about cutting the album, where they were

flown to Los Angeles and Austin, but they felt the were receiving

too many perks and not enough musical direction.

'The reps hadn't even heard our music,' Grah said. 'We think it

should be all about the music. So we cut our own album for $2500.'

Jibe is currently writing for a new album and has already hit

the recording studio one time to record some tracks. Until then,

count on plenty of live shows and enthusiastic crowds cheering them