Travis Johnson (vocals/guitar) and Emily Ambruso (vocals/bass) met on Friendster, shortly before that website became irrelevant, only to meet in person at a Valentine’s Day party in the Oklahoma woods a few weeks later. They immediately started discussing experimental music and pop, and, after relocating separately to New York in 2004, starting playing experimental music and pop together in their bedrooms. They met Jim Sykes (drums) through a friend soon after, but didn’t start playing with him until 2009, when Grooms formed and released their debut album. That album was a dark, noisy, and tangled affair, the lyrics focusing almost entirely on Travis’ religion-fixated obsessive-compulsive disorder, which he was diagnosed with in adolescence.
Infinity Caller
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Sep 16 - Brooklyn, NY@ Glasslands w/ Clinic
Sep 17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's w/ Clinic
Sep 18 - Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Clinic
Oct 9 Boston, MA • Great Scott
Oct 10 Princeton, NJ • Terrace Food Club
Oct 11 Baltimore, MD • Windup Space
Oct 12 Detroit, MI • PJ's Lager House
Oct 14 Grand Rapids, MI • Pyramid Scheme
Oct 15 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle
Oct 16 Madison, WI • The Basement
Oct 17 Milwaukee, WI • Borg Ward
Oct 18 St. Louis, MO • Plush
Oct 19 Des Moines, IA • Vaudeville Mews
Oct 20 Lawrence, KS • Replay Lounge
Oct 21 Kansas City, MO • Czar Bar
Oct 22 Norman, OK • Opolis
Oct 23 Austin, TX • Mohawk
Oct 24 Dallas, TX • Double Wide
Oct 25 New Orleans, LA • Circle Bar
Oct 26 Nashville, TN • Stone Fox
Oct 28 Charleston, SC • Royal American
Oct 29 Charlotte, NC • The Strange House
Oct 30 Richmond, VA • Strange Matter
Nov 12 State College, PA • Chronic Town w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
Nov 21 Washington, DC • DC9 w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
Nov 22 Philadelphia, PA • The FIre w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
Nov 23 Brooklyn, NY • Knitting Factory w/ Cymbals Eat Guitars
Dec 7 Brooklyn, NY • Brooklyn Night Bazaar w/ Au Revoir Simone
Selected Press
"…a revelation -- dynamic, hooky, energetic!"
"The ’90s indie rock lashings of Grooms, add a reminder to dust off your Polvo/SY LPs"
builds itself around an intriguing array of Moog synthesizers, manipulated pedal steel, and heaping spoonfuls of amplifier fuzz to craft some of the most exciting new sounds the Kings County has to offer.”