Echo Park, CA- The L.A. based band (via Texas) Groves has been hustling the past few months, playing tons of gigs opening for bands like La Bouquet and Katelyn Tarver and also playing a handful of festivals like Lobster and Mini Fest. On June 27th, they graced The Echoplex stage opening for Ella Vos.
The three-piece band consists of Stephen Salisbury (vocals/guitar), Reid Guidry (bass/synth), and Will Smith (drums). Their brand of indie rock, based on what I was able to absorb on this evening, is infused with synth-pop flourishes similar to that of Phoenix. It’s catchy enough to make you want to bob your head to the beat, and that’s always a good thing.
Having spent some serious time touring the United States opening for Culture Club last year (after being handpicked by Boy George himself), their musicality and live sound for this show was on point. Clearly, that experience imbued them with confidence and knowhow to deliver a satisfying set on stage.
At this point, it’s probably just a matter of getting their music into the hands, and heads, of more potential fans, thus the busy gig schedule. With the backing of some music industry veterans (brothers Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte), odds are they’ll be hitting their stride sooner rather than later. Groves will playing some more gigs next month supporting the band Vesperteen in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. May as well check out their social media to see when and where and hop on the train “sooner”.
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— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) July 3, 2017