LOS ANGELES, CA-
“…Kicking off the evening of music was the punk trio The Groans. They are a 3 piece queer punk/punk whose music has been described “[p]ersonal/political punk […] with super poignant and inspiring songs”, and having streamed their 2019 LP Earth Dweller a handful of times, I wholeheartedly agree. I would also add that their music is especially self-empowering/affirming like good punk music is supposed to do. They’ve kind of got an IDLES vibe about them when they intensely shout positive lyrics like “A paycheck does not determine my worth” (“Earth Dweller”), “Oh it just begun, but now I can see that I’m all the strength that I need” (“Colors”).
The Groans’ lead singer, Annie Padilla, was a treat to watch perform. This petite, young woman has a fierceness that consumes her when she’s singing. That intensity glazes over her eyes and can make even the most butch male a little nervous. It’s a testament to how fully invested she in the subject matter that she’s singing about. It’s 100% believable, 100% authentic and 100% badass.
Queer Punk has got some new ambassadors, and I have a feeling that they’ll be stirring the pot up something special in the future …”