Grocer is a band from Philadelphia. Lead by three distinct vocalists, they pendulate between moments of brash atonality, saccharine pop sensibility, and rhythmic acrobatics. Their compositions are both meticulous and volatile, while their live performances are lauded for explosive chemistry with cheeky curiosity. On their most recent full length Numbers Game, the band rearranged the puzzle pieces of 90s-influenced rock and dissonant pop into something utterly their own.
Now building on a landscape of polyrhythms and chromaticism that their fans have grown to cherish, they explore new sonic structures on their latest EP Scatter Plot. Across its six tracks, Grocer reiterates they are just as comfortable with glassy earworms as they are with angular dissonance. They remain giddy, furious and singularly themselves.
A notably ambitious touring outfit, the self-described “road dogs” amuses and perplexes live audiences all over the country and do the same around the globe on their Audiotree and NPR sessions. They are playful entertainers at heart, but not to the detriment of the genuinely substantive work that they create.
Post-Trash Grocer - "Scatter Plot" EP Review
"Grocer’s sound is elusive, not so much defying classification as flirting with too many categories as once. They’re in good company, then, with the (for lack of a better term) art rock bands like Chronophage, Motherhood, Foyer Red, practicing a kind of melodic maximalist brand of alternative that sounds only like itself and little else. To push an obvious metaphor, this EP is no neighborhood grocery store – it’s a post-punk megamart, fully stocked with all the essentials and treats you could ever want"
Wormbrain World Centering Fun with Grocer on “Smooth Operator”
"An unpredictable and dizzying sonic barrage that never fully loses footing on pop sensibility, with the bizarre and messy music video a fitting companion"
Under The Radar Premiere: Grocer Shares New Single “Calling Out”
"The band displays a magnetic talent for idiosyncratic indie rock, taking recognizable elements from ‘90s rock and Britpop touchstones and reframing them in inventive new contexts"
"Drummer Cody Nelson takes on lead vox, escorting the band’s wonky power-pop sound in a considerably darker direction, both instrumentally and lyrically"
"Charmingly weird... a mix of mathy complexity and radiant rock"
The Alternative Album Premiere: Grocer — ‘Numbers Game’
"Instrumental breaks and shifts in cadence are constantly pushing the group’s pop sensibilities to the brink before settling into coherent song structures, and it’s a lot of fucking fun to listen to. Coupled with the idiosyncrasies of each lyricist and the nuances of their individual songwriting, the downright zaniness of Numbers Game makes it impossible to ignore"