"Groovenics" (Eagle Rock; 2001)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Groovenics is a band that uses explosive energy and musical force to achieve a very interesting listening experience that you just might have to develop a taste for.

The songwriting on the self-titled CD is sharp and biting with more than a bit of sarcastic realism added in for good measure. It took me a few spins to really get into this band, but I am very glad I put in the effort. Groovenics quite simply cooks and their severe intensity is both refreshing and a even bit surreal. What fun!  

True, I could do without some of the slower tunes that detract from the overall effect of the CD. The songs at the beginning seem to move a little slower than later tracks but - by the time the CD ends with a super rendition of Def Leppard’s "Pour Some Sugar On Me," Groovenics have you in their grasp. I see a bright future for this band!

Groovenics: Jim Austin - guitar and vocals; Pete Carmichael - bass, vocals; Mike Darookies - drums and vocals; Karl Michaels - vocals; Josh Mullenix - keys and electronics; Matt Swig - guitars and vocals.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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