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Grooms 10/18/13 + Video

Grooms at KDHX Grooms at KDHX Bryan Sutter
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  • Date Recorded: October 18, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Grooms
  • Hosting Show: Gold Soundz
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg and Brandon Bischoff

Grooms bring their fragmented pop and sonic blasts to the KDHX studios in support of their latest shoegazing album, "Infinity Caller."

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Songs such as "I Think We're Alone Now" raise no doubt that the band has done their homework on the noisy underground rock of the 80s and 90s, and can successfully write minute and fun pop songs mired in the extravagant sonic explorations of those eras.

In terms of influences, the lo-fi trio patches together the best of indie rock, ranging from Sonic Youth-inspired instrumental freak outs, blatant Dinosaur Jr. guitar noodles, and the fey vocals of Lou Barlow or Stephen Malkmus. But they're not just regurgitating those sounds; they offer them up in fresh and exciting passages and, after navigating dense and noisy instrumentals, the band simmers down long enough for the whimsical vocals of Travis Johnson to joyously complain.

The songs in this set are all from their latest album, "Infinity Caller," which shows the band has continued to improve their lo-fi indie rock, including washes of noisy guitars, fragmented pop songs and evidence of their love of noise-pop.

All photos by Bryan Sutter

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