Grotto Girl: Pure Pop?
By Robin Ecoeur
The music's adrenaline bounce makes this misery more sweet than sad. It's the story of Marcel. Marcel wakes up. He contemplates the meaning of everything then waits for no one. Then, he lies down on bourbon...
Marcel is on the front cover of Grotto Girl's latest record; a self described concept record based on a little elf he drew on a picture. What? Yes...he thought it would be "funny to name every track after a silly drawing and completely alleviate the stress of coming up with meaningful titles. All I've decided about him is he's nice enough, he wears it well and he rarely tells the truth".
Behind Marcel is Grotto Girl, a power pop outfit churning out Teenage Fanclub/Pavement-esque tunes with a bit of Paws swagger. Their latest release, The Marcel EP (obvious, right?), is an outstanding five song EP laced with a wee bit of melancholy. As mentioned earlier, their sound hints at 90's Indie rock legends meaning heavy guitars with a strong Pop sensibility and the occasional gooey lyric..."I don't even know what I'll do around you". Yes, it's gooey, but catchy. However, it's the music's 'adrenaline bounce' which makes this misery melancholy more sweet than sad.
The lumbering Marcel Waits For No One especially stands out with it's chunky chords that sound both heavy and bright. In fact, the whole record is packed with riff-heavy slacker classics that revive the best of the 90's. Following on is Marcel And Me which is the definite pointer towards of Pavement. The way the bass flows, the sound of the guitars pinching, the rhythm and vocals merging helplessly together.
It seems Grotto Girl have a natural nonchalance; the ability to produce catchy, shambling Pop songs with a graceful swagger. The Marcel EP sounds effortless, capturing the soundtrack of the best days of your life. Mad, really. In the same vein as Pope, Petite League and Pet, Grotto Girl are taking the creme de la creme of Indie days gone by and making it sound fresh again in 2016.