Groove Moose Serves Up a Slice of Funky, Eclectic Rock-and-Roll (and it's Tasty)
Atlanta power trio Groove Moose have had their shoulder to the plow since 2010, carving out a niche in the local music scene and garnering a reputation for putting on stellar live performances. However, despite nearly a decade of activity, the group has never released a full length studio album. That is, until now.
Fresh from a short hiatus, the three piece - guitarist/lead vocalist Bob Titolo, bassist Zack Johnson, and drummer Chris Rice - has entered 2018 with a bang, offering up their first true LP entitled, "Backwards Television".
With a short, but sweet run time of roughly 33 minutes, this sizzling set of 9 songs wastes no time in demonstrating the impeccable musicianship and blatant disregard for strict genre boundaries that have set Groove Moose apart from the herd over the years.
Though, without question, a group with its roots planted firmly in the well-tilled soil of blues/jam rock, theirs is a distinctive musical formula that dares to expand upon the genre's time-honored conventions, incorporating, most noticeably, elements of funk, metal, and progressive rock, and emphasizing strong songwriting and composition rather than merely relying on the warm familiarity of predictable chord changes and unending solos.
A flurry of sultry, soulful vocal melodies and ear-catching guitar riffs (courtesy of Titolo), earth-shaking, danceable rhythms (on the part of Johnson and Rice), and raucous, propulsive collective instrumental frenzies (for which all parties involved are responsible), "Backwards Television" is a creative, diverse collection of songs showcasing everything that makes Groove Moose a noteworthy local talent.
Highlights include the album's lead single (an archetypal "Dead-meets-Allmans" sort of southern rock tune entitled, "Georgia Rails"), as well as the jarring Primus pastiche "Tadpole Boogie", the aptly named instrumental showcase "Explosion", and the gorgeous, contemplative penultimate mini-epic "Demand".