The Gromble takes its name from the ’90s Nickelodeon TV show Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Unsurprisingly, then, this California-based indie rock outfit has a sound that evokes that decade; these folks have clearly given Pinkerton a spin or ten. The band has found a way to elevate its sound beyond its seemingly simple pop roots with its recent recording of the song “Creepy Jr”, where it is joined by a string section. The video for this acoustic version of “Creepy Jr” was captured in the house of Elizabeth Palmer’s (background vocals) grandmother. The cozy environs prove to be a perfect place to capture the dulcet tones of the somewhat misleadingly titled “Creepy Jr”. Far from being creeped out, you’ll likely come out happy after viewing this fine performance.
The band tells PopMatters about the song, “Throughout the recording process, we stripped this song from something really heavy to almost nothing. We rebuilt around just the vocals and string arrangement, ending up with something completely different, definitely the most open track on our EP. Lyrically it’s about accepting and even embracing your own self-deprecation. ‘This is how I am and this is how I’ll be’ type of thing.”
The Gromble, which was released by the band independently, is out now.