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Grovesnor

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London, United Kingdom (2002 – present)

Grovesnor - the troubadour who looks ‘like a teacher but sings like Usher’ - with a soft voice and an aching heart, making the beats to move your feet.

Here on Planet Earth Grovesnor is Rob Smoughton, drummer for Hot Chip and student of the old school who loves a good tune and a crisp rhythm. “I always try to write songs with strong melody and harmony, and with an underlying narrative, but I also own a pair of dancing shoes and love to boogie. ”

Although undeniably influenced by the pop music of the 80’s there’s something supremely modern about the music of Grovesnor. Yes there are echoes of Hall and Oates and Billy Joel but also Daft Punk and The Flaming Lips.

Grovesnor’s is a unique blend of future pop - check the ticking drum machines and chill wave synths on Taxi From The Airport or the dubstep machinations of Nitemoves with its Joe Jackson on poppers new millennium vibes.

Is he for real? Is this ironic retro futurism or heart on its sleeve proto soul?

Well maybe he’s not serious like Public Enemy or Rage Against the Machine but he’s no joker…
“The music is not pastiche, I love that stuff too much. Lyrically there’s another thing going on. You can write a novel from another person’s perspective but when you write a song and use the words ‘I’ and ‘you’ then there’s often an assumption it’s personal. The ambiguity of “is he for real” is where Grovesnor comes in. He’s more of an anti-hero, and often makes mistakes or chooses the wrong path at pivotal moments. If there’s comedy in these songs then that’s just the tragedy amplified to comic proportions.”

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