The Brooklyn trio Grooms used to be called Muggabears, but changed their name just in time to release the 10-song Rejoicer on Death By Audio’s label this fall. The energetic and everywhere lead track “Dreamsucker” is a rambling bit of noise-pop that makes good use of those DBA guitar pedals while nodding to New York old-timers Sonic Youth (and somehow Rainer Maria tapping bright-eyed shoe-gaze and the songbook of “old” Social Registry crew Icewater Scandal). The group’s fronted by guitarist/vocalist Travis Johnson and bassist/vocalist Emily Ambruso, who’re backed by the more-than-capable Marnie Stern live drummer/ex-Parts & Labor player Jim Sykes.
Grooms – “Dreamsucker” (MP3)
Rejoicer is out 10/13 via Death By Audio.