Best Rock Band - 2009
The seeming ease with which Jimmy Griffin delivers the no-frills rock of the Incurables is somewhat surprising, at least when you consider his background as a flamboyant and technical guitar wielder. But on the band's album, Songs for a Blackout, Griffin's smoky rasp and jangly guitar stand out because of smart arrangements, which underscore his attention to detail and space. What's not surprising, however, is the uncompromising musicianship that permeates the Incurables. Griffin has assembled a handful of talented musicians — Bryan Hoskins singing harmony, Jordan Heimburger on lead guitar, Dave Grelle on keyboard and a rotating cast of bass players and drummers — to realize his vision. Unsurprisingly, the Incurables are as good as any live band in town — if not the best.