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Monday, March 22, 2010

SXSW is over and we've got free music from Grovesnor

Grovesnor is Rob Smoughton, the drummer for Hot Chip. He's venturing out on the solo project scene with his debut Soft Return, out May 25 on Lo Recordings.

The new album is briefed as having "echoes of Hall and Oates, Steely Dan, and Billy Joel, updated with electronic elements to bring new life to some old favorites."

Grovesnor does intend to tour, but Smoughton's top priority is still touring with Hot Chip. So expect a few opening slots for Grovesnor and a small tour for the project as a six-piece band to come.

In Smoughton's words - "The music is not pastiche, I love that stuff too much. Lyrically, there's another thing going on. You can write a novel from another person's perspective but when you write a song and use the words 'I' and 'You' then there's often an assumption it's personal. The ambiguity of 'is he for real' is where Grovesnor comes in. He's more of an anti-hero, and often makes mistakes or chooses the wrong path at pivotal moments. If there's comedy in these songs, then that's just the tragedy amplified to comic proportions."

and for a preview, here's "Taxi from the Airport"

back to normal with a newsletter & some twitter highlights -
  • Friction Fest is set with 32 bands for May 7 & 8 in Germany
  • artwork from the new Der Weg Einer Freiheit album s/t Due May 7
  • also coming Pintandwefall's Hong Kong Baby May 15 and Michael Vermillion's Last Night on Earth this summer (all from Viva Hate Records)
  • The School Gyrls album premiere
  • Sister Sin in studio vid
  • Metric Unplugged from SXSW

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