Grooms announce tour with APTBS

Grooms announces new dates with A Place To Bury Strangers. Grooms have also shared their new video for "Comb The Feelings".
Grooms have announce their latest tour in support of new album Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair with long-time friends and like-minded guitar enthusiasts A Place To Bury Strangers. In celebration of the announcement, the band has unveiled their latest video for the album’s title track. You can stream and share the video below.  Director Cora Foxx describes the video as “a story with objects, where the viewer’s imagination pieces together a narrative through the emergence of various objects from a thick pink liquid. It is a melodrama told through abstraction, filtered through the viewer’s own sense of meaning, symbolism, values, and biases.”

Having lived, worked, and created in the ever evolving Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn for over a decade, native Texan Travis Johnson has felt the direct impact of the growth and dissolution that comes with rapid gentrification.  His band Grooms practiced, and recorded at Brooklyn’s Death By Audio for seven years (first as Muggabears, then as Grooms) before they were forced out of their spiritual and literal home in November 2014 when DBA shut its doors.  A little over a year before, with the band’s income not providing enough money to support any of its members, bass player and co-writer Emily Ambruso went on hiatus from the band, leaving Johnson as the only original member.  Despite these unfortunate blows, Johnson soldiered on, soon recruiting Jay Heiselmann on bass, and actor/comedian Steve Levine on drums.

After months of experimenting with sound collages, samples, and electronic beats, the band recorded an obsessively detailed and melodically  album, with a heavy focus on mood and texture.  Unlike their previous album Infinity Caller (which Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis called “…an exercise in explosion and restraint hallmarked by sweeping guitars, stuttery drums, and cryptic, airy vocals…”) many of the songs on Comb… bring the band’s rhythm section to the fore, and Johnson’s trademark guitar stylings often take a backseat to his psychedelic sample-collages and ambient electronics.

On Comb… that violence is most evident on “Something Wild”, a song about destroying the high-priced waterfront condos that contribute to the rising cost of living in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and then feeling conflicted about it.  Love is the subject matter on “Bed Version” (a song which Johnson describes as “a fantasy about seeing the joy in my girlfriend’s face as she realizes she’s not cosmically alone.”), and the album becomes wistful on “Cross Off” (a remembrance and longing for the good old days when Ambruso was still an active member of the band), but even on these songs Levine’s alternately Krautrock and Elvin Jones-inspired drums, and Heiselmann’s propulsive bass help to maintain the album’s intense atmosphere.  Album standouts like “Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair” and “Doctor M” deliver head-bobbing pop hooks as Johnson ponders his long-term struggle with addiction, while other songs, “Savage Seminar,” “Will the Boys?,” and “Grenadine Scene from Inside,” explore the thoughts, and feelings of fictional characters in the films Magnolia, Lost Boys, and Steel Magnolias, respectively.

09/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
09/05 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
09/06 – Nashville, TN @ Fond Object
09/07 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
09/08 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
09/10 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
09/12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt #
09/13 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey #
09/14 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater #
09/17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
09/18 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
09/19 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex #
09/22 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar #
09/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge #
09/25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge #
09/27 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
09/28 – Madison, WI @ The Vault
09/29 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle #
09/30 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop #
10/01 – Covington, KY @ Madison Live #
10/02 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern #
10/03 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Café #
10/05 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
10/06 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa #
10/07 – Boston, MA @ Middle East #
10/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus #
10/27 – Haarlem, Netherlands @ Patronaat
10/29 – Lucerne, Switzerland @ Schuur #
10/30 – Milano, Italy @ Circolo Agora #
10/31 – Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Orto Bar #
11/02 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Mochvara #
11/03 – Sarajevo, Bosnia @ AG Club #
11/04 – Belgrade, Serbia @ Drugstore #
11/05 – Skopje, Macedonia @ MKC #
11/06 – Thessaloniki, Greece @ Mylos #
11/07 – Athens, Greece @ Gagarin 205 #
11/08 – Volos, Greece @ Lab Art #
11/12 – Sofia, Bulgaria @ Mixtapes #
11/13 – Bucharest, Romania @ Control Club #
11/14 – Budapest, Hungary @ A38 #
11/16 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Meet Factory #
11/17 – Warsaw, Poland @ Klub Hydrozagadka #
11/18 – Sopot, Poland @ Dwie Zmiany #
11/19 – Dresden, Germany @ Beatpol #
11/20 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Guess Who Festival
# A Place To Bury Strangers