Listening Post is pleased to present a new set of music from the Groove Merchants! these four songs are from their forth-coming ful-length CD - The Throne...this is an advanced listen.
The Throne: Wave One gives us a small taste of The Groove Merchants’ latest project - the band’s most intricate and innovative to date. The selection of the first four tracks from the upcoming full-length LP, dropping everywhere in late Fall of 2019, gives the listener a sample-size of the evolution of the signature GM sound. Mixed with contemporary elements, the end result is one of the hottest fusions of Blues, Funk, and Soul that you’ll hear today.
For the first time ever, The Groove Merchants introduce keyboards to their sound. Combined with a revamped and slimmed-down horn sound from their last record, The Groove Merchants showcase their refreshed, full sound on The Throne: Wave One. The four tracks heard here give the listener a small taste of everything The Groove Merchants have to offer: smooth, intriguing horn lines, a full, rich organ sound, a hustling rhythm section, and as always, powerful, howling vocals and fiery guitar. Songs like “You Are My Religion” and “Midnight Mountain Queen” illustrate how the band has captured its signature sound while infusing contemporary elements, while the title track, “The Throne,” is The Groove Merchants at their core: raw energy that strives to connect with the listener beyond the music itself.
Leaving the listener dying to know what else lies in store on the complete LP, Wave One begins to paint an audible picture of The Throne’s thematic elements; a theme that explores the journey and the struggle that we all go through in our lives so that we may one day all finally sit on our own “throne.” Built on the hard work and lengthy grind of our own accomplishments, we have now earned a rightful place in whatever destination we may strive to reach. Through the most refined songwriting seen from them yet, The Groove Merchants attempt to capture this idea musically and lyrically on The Throne, and Wave One gives us a small taste.
Formed at Kutztown University in 2012, The Groove Merchants have been refining and evolving their brand of Blues, Funk, and Soul elements for the past 7 years. Now based in Fishtown, Philadelphia, the group has played extensively throughout the PA region and along the East Coast. Their sound has grown into its most effective iteration to date on The Throne: Wave One.
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1. Back Around
2. Midnight Mountain Queen
3. You Are My Religion
4. The Throne