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Interview: GROVES

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Developing their stage presence with a major national tour supporting pop icons Culture Club, the Texas alt-rock outfit is set to release their debut album

Named for their Texas hometown, alt-rock newcomers GROVES are currently on a national tour supporting the iconic Culture Club. The collective will make a stop in Columbus at the Palace Theater this Saturday.

Comprised of members Stephen Salisbury (vocals and guitar), Reid Guidry (bass), and Will Smith (drums), the band claims Elvis Costello, Phoenix, Blink-182, and The Beatles as major influences. Current single “Swim” is a mid-tempo jam that seems custom-made for a summer night’s cruise down the California coast – the bright guitars bubbling over top of Salisbury’s melancholic vocal evoke staring into a dimming sunset with an ocean view. It’s easy to see why their vibe is a match for Culture Club’s good-time reunion show.

After their thirty-eight-city stint with Boy George and company finishes up, the band – who is signed to artist development/management company MDDN (formed by Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte) – will concentrate on their debut album. In the meantime, the final stop on their current tour will land them in Bethesda, Maryland on September 11, followed by a handful of appearances on their own in Nashville and El Paso. They will also appear with The Spill Canvas at The Roxy in West Hollywood on September 20.

GROVES will appear with Culture Club on Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm at the Palace Theatre, 34 West Broad Street, Downtown. Tickets range from $30-$140.50 (plus taxes and fees) and can be purchased via Ticketmaster. More information about the band can be found on their website.

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