Published Feb 13, 2015From cutting their teeth at the now-defunct Brooklyn studio and practice space Death by Audio, Grooms have learned to craft tasteful and stylish indie rock. Blending sweet melodies with wailing walls of effects (likely from Death by Audio's line of guitar pedals), Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair comes off as a wet dream for '90s indie aficionados. Pulling together 11 tracks, Grooms cover much sonic ground on their fourth full-length, mixing new wave synthesizers, drum beats and driving bass lines, allowing each song to sound both unique and a part of the whole.
Texas transplant Travis Johnson (the only original member left in the group) has a great ear for just what has made so much indie rock before his time so riveting, giving "Bed Version" a vintage, hazy feel and mixing just the right amount of noise rock into the enthralling outro of "Doctor M." Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair shows Grooms delivering an ambitious album where simple familiarity would have sufficed. (Western Vinyl)