Another Dimension the Granatis Take a Side Journey into Ambient Electronic Music with 'Alien History.'

By Mervis, Scott | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), August 14, 2014 | Go to article overview

Another Dimension the Granatis Take a Side Journey into Ambient Electronic Music with 'Alien History.'


Mervis, Scott, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Ian Abbott and Gareth Edwards, the creators behind The 4th Dimensional Beings, aren't really named Ian and Gareth and weren't inspired by a visit to Stonehenge, as the concocted backstory goes.

Rather, The 4th Dimensional Beings are two of the Granati brothers -- Joey and David -- from Beaver Falls, who are going off their own grid with the project "Alien History."

Longtime Pittsburgh music fans know The Granati Brothers, aka G- Force, as the late '70s hard rock band that scored a major label contract and toured with Van Halen. When that bubble burst several years later, they forged on as one of the area's longest-running bands while individual members branched off into various projects.

Joey works the dueling piano bar at Sing Sing and teaches at For Those About to Rock Academy with guitar-playing brother David, who also runs his own studio in Ambridge and teaches at the PA Cyber School.

It was at that backyard studio where they created this lush ambient/electronic project that exhibits their love of everything from Mozart to Pink Floyd.

"My father was a band director and studied classical music and so did my mother, so from the time we were babies all we heard in the house was classical music," Joey says. "And I studied for eight years with a college-level teacher, so this was stuff that was trapped inside of us."

With the Granati Brothers, he says, they constantly were told to "dumb it down" to appeal to the average pop fan.

"The Granati brothers were classically trained," Joey says, "This is my pure heart."

The impetus for the project was completing the studio around 2000 after surviving a rough patch with a previous one.

"We went through a horrible period of our lives where we were partners with a really bad guy, and we lost a studio over it," Joey says. "We never gave up. We built another studio and the first thing we did, because we felt so good about ourselves, is we recorded music we always heard in our head. …

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