When you picture pre-show warm ups, most people think of practicing their vocals, taking a smoke break, or even running a lap. For the trio that makes up the guys of Grove, all it took was a couple push ups, a sub sandwich, a watermelon, and for “Party Pat,” a lot of Maui Wowie. In the dimly lit yet cozy back room of The Irenic, Chris Olson, Pat Collins, and Lawrence Kattoula gladly open up to us about the band that rose from the ashes of The Snykes.
As all of you should know, California is in a drought, and has been lacking in water for the past few years. This is because we are consuming greater amounts of water than produced, and the San Diego music scene works a lot like that. We have neglected to create new faces onstage, instead depending on the same people and same music, but there’s only so long that can last. Eventually everyone moves on with their lives, rotating through high school, to college, and onward. How can there be a music scene when the music runs out, or when the bodies that had previously crammed into living rooms, churches, and discarded and re-purposed buildings, just to enjoy live music, no longer carry an interest? Once it’s gone, someone is going to have to care enough to rebuild the entire community back up from the ground. This is why we need to plan a sort of intervention, and that’s exactly what was done.