When you’re watching “If You Really Knew Me,” music’s probably the last thing on your mind. But if you happened to hear a few strains of Green River Ordinance’s “Outside” on last night’s episode (while scoping out Putnam City West), we don’t blame you for noticing. And if you were, understandably, too distracted by Malcolm’s breakthrough to focus on the soundtrack, allow us to fill you in on what you missed.
The first thing you need to know about pop/rock band Green River Ordinance? You probably already know them — or, at least, you’ve (most likely) heard their songs before. Their 2010 hit “Rise Up” went international on the Team USA Olympic Soundtrack and 2009’s “On Your Own” (our personal fave!) turned heads on a recent episode of Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Oh, but don’t worry — if you’re not familiar with the five-man rock posse (or their Fray-meets-Third Eye Blind hooks), it’s never too late to become a fan.
Formed in 2003 in Fort Worth, Texas, by brothers Geoff and Jamey Ice (who play bass/guitar for the group), Green River Ordinance recorded their first EP (2005’s “The Beauty of Letting Go”) from the unlikely reaches of a church basement. Over the next three years, the Ices (joined by frontman Josh Jenkins, drummer Denton Hunker and guitarist Josh Wilkerson) hit the ground running, releasing another EP, perfecting their sound (think Matchbox Twenty, with sharper nails) and getting their name out via a successful grassroots campaign.
So what happened next? Well, thanks in large part to their loyal fans (aka YOU!), GRO started scoring better venues (playing gigs with Eisley and Collective Soul), inked a deal with Virgin Records in ’07 (woot, woot!) and saw their 2009 LP, “Out of My Hands,” reach No. 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, with two hits on the Billboard Top 40.
Now, after seven long years in the biz (what? they can’t all be Justin Bieber!), Green River Ordinance is poised and ready for their breakout success. See what all the buzz is about by reading their MTV Artist bio, listening to them on Rhapsody and watching their “On Your Own” video, below.