Psych pop band Grounders release trippy new video for ‘Secret Friend’

By on May 28, 2015

Taking inspiration from the psychedelic nostalgia of The Velvet Underground and The Zombies, and reinventing it into a more contemporary sound, Grounders have created a debut album that captures the true essence of what it means to be an emerging band in 2015.


photo by Laura-Lynn Petrick


GROUNDERS, consisting of Andrew Davis (vocals and guitar), Daniel Busheikin (keyboards), Mike Searle (Bass) and Evan Lewis (guitar) – will release their first full-length album this summer via Nevado Music, a collection of dense and intricate pop music under the gauzy veil of psychedelia and lo-fi pop.


“Where do you go? Waiting around, where do you go from here?” wonders the chorus of “Secret Friend,” With a dreamy, reverb-drenched intro, the song drifts alongside layers of wobbly arpeggiated synth lines and space-age guitar melodies. It’s the opening track, and it’s also a fitting intro to GROUNDERS new self-titled LP. It shimmers and gleams, but there’s a scrappy, stripped-back undertone that chips away at any polish. For every catchy hook and lush arrangement throughout the album there’s a woozy counterpoint that keeps things slightly off-kilter.


Whilst “Secret Friend” sounds like a bleached and sunbaked Zombies; “Vyvanse,” which yes, is named after the ADHD drug, contains a lilting guitar riff that’ll break your heart. “Pull It Over Me” careens into the dreamy ether courtesy of a wistful cyclical guitar that’s the epitome of a lazy summer’s day; “No Ringer” is a wobbly Silver Apples trance doused in a saxophone freak-out; “Fool’s Banquet” sparkles like early Broadcast flooded by constant glistening waves of pleasure.


After several North American tours, an acclaimed debut EP and a David Lynch-inspired spiritual journey, GROUNDERS have finally come of age. The new single from the upcoming album, titled “Drawing Space”, will be available in the UK on Monday 15th June 2015.


New single “Drawing Space” available 15th June 2015 via Nevado Music

Self-titled debut album release date 17th July 2015


“Grounders, a Toronto-based quartet specializing in synth-pop of the dreamy variety, all shimmery licks and groovy kicks.” – Flood Magazine


“Toronto quartet Grounders sound hazy but are anchored by strong pop hooks.” – Brooklyn Vegan


“Gorgeous, shimmering songwriting with just a hint of psychedelia, the uplifting track sounds like Tame Impala at their most direct or even the baroque pop of 60s legends The Zombies.”- Clash Magazine







Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.