What another Orange County band I don’t hear you yell, actually they seem a little thinner on the ground these days
The Gromble release their new12-track album ‘Jayus’ (out February 12), but first in customary fashion we are presented with a single in the form of ‘Real Sympathy’’ an upbeat sound song, overlaid with stronger lyricism, enough pull to take it just above the plastic mass which is a good thing the single puts you in mind of summer days at the beach, before everyone starts running away screaming Perry, The Gromble exhibit indie-pop credentials that might calm many. Like the quintet’s approach to recording the new material, in their own family homes: guitars in the garage, vocals in the closet etc. and there’s more than a nod to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Bright Eyes and bands like Electric Guest pre Dangermouse – for me the unusual vernacular when trying to add kudos to any indie-pop band, if only Death Cab and Bright Eyes had a cent every time they were citied.
As a MTV friendly single ‘Real Sympathy’ should do well, although like the band it’s February’s greater body of work The Gromble come more into their own. A solid single 7.4/10