Brooklyn-based band, Grooms, released their sophomore record, Prom, on Saturday at Williamsburg’s Death by Audio, performing with special guests the Immaculates and Pterodactyl.
First and foremost, and having never been to Death by Audio, I’d be remiss if I didn’t testify to it’s awesomeness. This is a really cool venue with a D.I.Y. feeling. It’s not BYOB, but that doesn’t matter because they have some seriously cheap beers. Walking into this place, it’s really hard not to feel like you just crashed a really cool party. The paintings on the walls are all really cool, and the “artwork” in the bathroom is definitely interesting. It’s a dumpy kind of place that you can’t help but love. I’ll definitely be going back there, and boasting an interesting calendar with lots of up and coming acts, it’s definitely worth checking out.
If I started talking about Grooms by saying anything other than that their performance was absolutely epic, I’d be a crappy liar. After having caught these guys at the Kanine Records showcase during Northside Festival, they certainly piqued my interest enough to warrant another go-around, and they certainly did not disappoint. They kicked off their set with “Dreamsucker”, the lead off track from their debut record, Rejoicer, before diving headfirst into the new stuff from Prom. They thrashed through their set with a high level of intensity. Their sound is like Radiohead at their scariest and Sonic Youth at their most combative and frantic. Their melodies varied eclectically from sweet and melodic to violent and dissonant, and they certainly weren’t lacking the ability to embark on some expansive soundscapes. The tracks off of Prom are bubbling over with mounting and painful frustration comparable to the sometimes traumatic indecision and confusion that prevails during the Prom-era of peoples lives. Their set looked emotionally draining. Everything felt so authentic. This was way more than some noisy thrashing about. You know music is good when it starts to channel emotion, and Grooms’ live show did exactly that.
The first time I saw Surfer Blood, during Camden Crawl in London a little more than a year ago, I remember thinking to myself, “Oh boy. This is going to be really big.” Standing there at Death by Audio on Saturday, watching Grooms rip through an exceptionally interesting set, packed with great songs with cool purposeful arrangements, I couldn’t help but feeling like I was watching something that was right on the verge of blowing up. Do yourself a favor and go buy their new record. You’ll thank me later.
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