2008 – present (10 years)
Grooving In Green is a UK based gothic rock band. Formed in 2008, the line-up now consists of Tron, Pete Finnemore, Switchblade Switch and Simon Rippin.
Grooving in Green formed in 2008 when guitarists Pete Finnemore invited Simon Manning to join him in writing music together for the first time in over 14 years. As a nod to the bands origins and inspirations they once again took their name from a March Violets song. Later that year Tron joined on vocals completing the lineup.
In early 2009 the band set to writing their debut EP ‘Ascent’ which was described as “Obvious Quality” (Mick Mercer) and proved to be a hit on compilations and in clubs and later that year released their second EP 'Dirt'.
In 2010 the band recorded and released their debut album 'Post Traumatic Stress' produced by Stephen Carey (Eden House), mastered by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd engineer) and featuring a guest contribution from Tony Pettit (Fields of the Nephilim). Mick Mercer described it as “A cool collection, with plenty of musically combustible uppity carousing you can’t fail to enjoy”. The album was placed at number 15 of Dominion Magazines Top 20 albums of 2010 and was placed in several Top 20′s of 2010.
In 2012 the band recorded their second album Stranglehold with Stephen Carey with Andy Jackson once again handling mastering duties. It was released by AF Music with positive reviews across the board: Mick Mercer said “‘Post Traumatic Stress’ was an excellent debut album. This is even better.”
Billyphobia.com said “Extremely infectious underground music made of energy-giving and harsh sounds that focuses on straightforward forcefulness to groove in goth” and Graveconcernsezine.com said “This record is the cookie-cutter example of a great, and grooving goth rock album.” The album topped the European Alternative Charts for two weeks consecutively. In late 2012 Simon Manning left the group.
In 2013 Joffie Lovett temporarily joined the line up prior to the band going on temporary hiatus for the remainder of the year.
In 2014 bassist Switchblade Switch & drummer Thomas T Cat (The Marionettes) joined the lineup with Joffie Lovett departing.
In 2015 the band released their debut music video for 'The Ninth Circle' to promote their EP 'Rebirth'. Sadly in 2015 former members Simon Manning and Thomas T Cat both passed away.
Later in 2015 the band made their live return at the Sacrosanct festival with Simon Rippin (Red Sun Revival /Eden House/ Fields of the Nephilim / NFD) joining on drums and Stephen Carey providing guest live guitars.
In 2016 the line up solidified to be that of Tron on vocals, Pete on guitars, Switch on bass and Simon Rippin on drums. The band played their first gig in Death Disco in Athens as well as in Club 52 in Belgium. They also performed in Germany's Gothic Castle 3.
In 2017 the band has continued to play dates within the UK including an appearance at Whitby to headline the Absinthe Music Festival alongside Utah Saints. The band also made its first trip to Poland to play multiple dates with bands including Theatre of Hate, Jordan Rayne and Dance on Glass.
Throughout the years the band has played festivals such as Austria's Judgement Day & Emergency Exit, Finland's Lumous Gothic Festival, Norway's Helldorado and the UK's DV8Fest, Sacrosanct and Whitby Goth Weekend.
The band has played dates in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Norway, Spain and Sweden as well as throughout the UK.
They have shared the stage with various bands over the year including: Clan of Xymox, The Eden House, House of Usher, The March Violets, O Children, Ulterior and Andi Sex Gang as well as with special guest contributions from Rosie Lugosi of the March Violets and Stephen Carey of the Eden House.
Currently the band is finishing off recording and producing their 3rd album with Simon Rippin tenatively titled "A Second Chance…" and have been debuting many of these songs live throughout 2017.
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