GROOMS SHARE VIDEO FOR”SOFTER NOW”
NEW LP EXIT INDEX
OUT VIA WESTERN VINYL
Brooklyn’s Grooms recently released their new LP Exit Index, and today they reveal the latest video from the album for the track “Softer Now” which premiered via Under The Radar. It was directed by Edmond Hawkins who is responsible for much of digital FX for SNL . Grooms explain, “Edmond, after listening to the song, but not knowing what it was about, had this idea of someone being messed with by crowds of people, but you don’t know why. Or at least, he didn’t tell us. The vague menace of that worked really well with the song, and the album in general really. He made the mask himself. Out of what, I’m not sure.”
Watch and share “Softer Now”
“Softer Now” follows the release of Grooms previous single, “End” which GoldflakePaint described as “simmering and menacing, a shadowy underworld of steely aggression and pent-up vexation.” The band also shared “Magistrate Seeks Romance” which Brooklyn Vegan wrote ‘is one of the the album’s more propulsive tracks.” Of earlier single Turn Your Body” Stereogum said it “presents a more softly psychedelic interpretation of Grooms’ Sonic Youth-inspired sound.”
Grooms is singer-guitarist Travis Johnson, drummer Steve Levine, and bassist Jay Heiselmann. On Exit Index the band combines the abandon of pop with the unease of American life in 2017, cloaking its hooks in a clamor of samples and distortion, its agitation expressed in its dream-poetry lyrics.
Grooms laid down the skeleton tracks for Exit Index at the storied New York recording studio The Magic Shop-the last band to record there. Collin Dupuis (Angel Olsen, Lana Del Rey) mixed the album, adding a few finishing touches to intros and song structures while also making the structures Grooms construct sound even more massive and imposing. Exit Index marks the first time Grooms had the same lineup for two records in a row and Johnson further notes, “you can hear how locked in we are. The songs are better after we all have a say in them.” The album is the follow up to Grooms’ 2015’s Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair which Pitchfork labeled “defiantely liberated.”