Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brooklyn Vegan interviews Travis from GROOMS

Thanks to Bill over at the BV for this quick questionnaire.

Grooms released their debut album this year. How'd that go? It's been awesome and exciting. We're just finishing up our first tour. 4 out of 5 weeks down. I can't wait to get around actual shampoo again.

editor's note: the tour has since finished.

You also changed your name, which can prove difficult. How'd that go? I'm so glad I'm not in a band called The Muggabears anymore. Once we decided to change the name and basically start a new band, it just felt super natural (and necessary).

What was your most memorable musical moment of 2009? Playing with Jim (on drums) for the first time. Emily and I had to go turn our amps up by about 100% immediately. He's crazy loud.

What about non-musical moment? Hmmm... how about getting back into the dating world again?

Favorite place to play in NYC? We played this show underneath the Highline park in Manhattan. It was beyond zany. I hope we can play a place like that again. I'm pretty sure that actual place won't be played again though.

Best new NYC-area band? Talk Normal. Deradoorian.

What's the best and worst thing about being in a band in NYC in 2009? Best - being around friends all the time who are also playing in bands and doing really really creative things. Worst - Having no money to replace broken equipment.

What were your favorite albums of 2009? Wye Oak - The Knot A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Ashes Grammar Atlas Sound - Logos Talk Normal - Sugarland

Favorite Singles/Songs? "High Road" by Deradoorian. A song on Wye Oak's album that I can't remember the name of (I listen to it straight through in the store I work in).

What was the best show you saw in 2009? Hank IV at SXSW. Amazing band from San Francisco.

Favorite Michael Jackson song? "The Way You Make Me Feel" or "Smooth Criminal"

What is the proper way to incorporate "Meh" into your band name? Groomehs.

Shitgaze, Glo-fi or Dark Wave? I really despise trends. But I'll say glo-fi.

Plans/predictions for 2010? New album coming out!