Driven by the angst and frustration felt during your mid to late 20s, groan room is a sonic representation of early adulting. Formed at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK-based foursome blasted onto the scene in 2020 with ‘get off’. From there, they received critical acclaim for three more singles and their self-titled debut EP. Featured on Nexus Music Blog, Roadie Music, Edgar Allan Poets, Sinusoidal Music and York Calling (to name but a few), groan room is building a loyal following worldwide. The latest addition to their repertoire is ‘tesco roof’.
Moving from their upbeat, indie-pop meets indie-rock single ‘greasy thumbs’ (read our review here), groan room adds a slower, steadier and darker quality to their sound. Reminiscent of Radiohead, the lads make way for an intimate intensity in an atmospheric soundscape. The melodic arrangement has a harmonic interplay of distorted guitars and drums fused into a hushed flow. Cinematic with its shoegaze melody, groan room set listeners adrift on a glistening sonic river unaware of the tumultuous waves beneath.
Described by the band as a tribute to their favourite slow-core/shoegaze bands, ‘tesco roof’ has a retro sound; however, groan room retains its eclecticism with a contemporary indie edge. What I enjoy about ‘tesco roof’ is not the fuzzy bubble it places you in, but how complexity is woven into sentimental simplicity. Nostalgic, reflective and soul-stirring, the track explores human vulnerability making you ponder things with its profoundness, while also lying back to just listen to the music. I’ll admit it brought a tear to my eye.
While their haunting tapestry of sound carries you away, groan room showcases their versatility with a bold outro. Distorted guitars add texture to the track with a looping movement; however, it is the drum solo that brings the boldness. Explosive, minimalistic and abrupt, the drumming ends the song with that “well, that’s the way things are” attitude.