Have you ever felt that moment when you listen to a song and you know that it’s going the right way because you hear it in the notes, chords and beats? That is what I felt when I heard Little Island and Mechanically Round by the band called Stargroves. pushed me research about the band. Ladies and gentlemen, good rock music is not dead. It is thriving…only that you can’t find it in the mainstream. This is not to say that mainstream music is vapid. It’s just that sometimes you gotta dig through all that trash to find the gold.
Stargroves introduced the sound of keyboards in the midst of the powerful electric guitars. But the guys make sure to keep everything orderly and balanced. This also goes for the emotional depth of their songs. I think it is easy to fall into the intense emotions of rock music when you are a young band. That is why it is great to see them making use of economy and precision in delivering the soul behind every song.
They are based in New York comprising of :
Teddy Watson – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo
Bryan Percival – Bass
Charlie Rauh – Electric Guitar
Max Maples – Drums
Brad Whiteley – Keyboard/Synth.
Sigur Rós seems to be one of the bands that influenced their sound. But they are also fans of Freelance Whales and Stars. Here is an interesting story I found about lead singer Teddy Watson:
At the beginning of 2012, Teddy retreated to Iceland for three months to focus on writing music in solitude, without the distractions of NYC. Upon returning to the States, Teddy formed Stargroves and teamed up with producer Jeremy Sklarsky (Freelance Whales’ “Weathervanes”) to record during the summer. The result is a collection of unique, melodic, original songs sure to delight music lovers.
If you want to hear more of their songs then visit the links I posted below. You can also listen to any songs they posted in their official website. Boy Wonder is my personal favorite because it has a great intro ( the crackle and hiss of vinyl record) and also the song’s gradual pace. I see many wonderful releases coming from this band. Their music is eclectic and beautiful. Westfjords is also another favorite featuring Abigail Breslin.