It's been a heck of a long time since the duo of Andy Cato and Tom Findley, known as Groove Armada, has been heard from in the U.S. After their 2002 tour behind Lovebox, they took a long break and released a greatest hits album. When I saw them at Irving Plaza, it was one of the most impressive live dance acts I've seen. The big difference with GA is all the live instruments and performers. Richie Havens came out for the two songs that brought the house down, "Little By Little" and "Hands of Time". I have this great bootleg from a Chicago show in 2000 that's sounds more like a Prince-like grand funk, jazz and soul revue.
Their return album, 2007's Soundboy Rock, didn't get released here. You're not missing much. The album doesn't sound like what made them a must-listen to band. It's tired techno club beats. We move on.
On March 2nd, Groove Armada releases their sixth album, Black Light. Om Records will handle the U.S. releasing duties. It features guest appearances from Will Young, Bryan Ferry, Jess Larrabee of She Keeps Bees and Nick Littlemore of Empire of the Sun.
3. Cards To Your Heart
4. I Won't Kneel
6. Look Me In The Eye Sister
7. Paper Romance
8. Time & Space
9. Not Forgotten
10. Fall Silent
11. Just For Tonight
As for their live return, they've booked March 24 at Webster Hall.
Here's the first video from the album, it's for the track Paper Romance.