Tulsa, Oklahoma based alternative/desert/post-rockers Groucho are back with the epic new single and video for a cover of INXS’s »Never Tear Us Apart«, which will be available this Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 10am.
Groucho has spent much of the summer touring with dates in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. With a limited number of shows scheduled for fall, they are finalizing their full length release, while simultaneously writing new material for 2024. Always involved in finding ways to stretch the creative process, they are now focusing on live video performances of their 2016 self-title, as well as regional tour dates this winter.
Groucho is Dustin Howard, Royce Buckmaster, and Layne Farmen. With gripping live performances and versatile skill-sets, the three approach the possible limitations of working in a small ensemble as an opportunity to stretch 90s rock, stoner metal, and guitar-heavy music into psychedelic/prog and post-rock atmospheres.
Their lyrics tackle topics ranging from addiction and recovery to aliens and spirituality. Eduard Banulescu of Alt 77 writes, “Groucho bring their desert-rock fancy in the service of the intergalactic truth,” and the Soundville blog recently noted the band’s ability to “captiv[ate] audiences with their unique blend of influences from the golden era of 90’s rock.”
Photo by Evan Styles
After winning the Tulsa World Opening Band Contest for The Hop Jam in 2016, Groucho took a brief hiatus and re-formed in early 2020. Hot on the heels of a Summer midwest tour they released the EP »Beware The Bearers Of False Gifts And Their Broken Promises” featuring a remix of their previous release »The Truth Is Out There« along with both sides of the epic single, »Blood In The Water«. The EP has received over 30k plays since its release last month.
For the upcoming album, Groucho once again worked with Grammy-award winning Trent Bell (Flaming Lips, Starlight Mints) of Bell Labs in Norman, OK. As well as local Tulsa engineer C.M. Rodriguez of Noise Town Tulsa for finishing touches on the remix of »The Truth Is Out There«.