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Max Pain and the Groovies / Press

“The setup didn't take long, though, and as Max Pain and the Groovies finished tuning their instruments, they looked out at the crowd at the bar, and immediately started into their first song. After they got their drinks, fans rushed to the stage with cans and glasses full of beer, shouting and screaming, swaying to the hypnotic drone of Dallin Smith’s and Shane Preece’s guitars. After the first, short warmup tune, David Johnson adjusted the mic and started howling his lungs out. The front of the crowd danced fast and messy, while the floor was ringed with smiling faces and nodding heads. People streamed in slowly throughout the set, and the group near the stage started swelling. Hardly stopping to chat up the crowd, the band's energy was relentless as always. Johnson's stage presence was wild and raucous, his voice rolled smoothly between croons and screams as he smashed a tambourine and headbanged. Meanwhile, the crowd was swinging beers around audience members shouting along in m”

“Salt Lake City psych-rockers Max Pain & The Groovies. Max Pain & The Groovies also used a five member setup; David on vocals, Jake on bass, Dallin on guitar, Shane on guitar, and Tcoy on drums. This experimental group took the spirit of rock 'n' roll and put it in the oven, regularly basting that sound with juices of near sludge-like psychedelic rock. The vocals were delivered with a careful balance of force and dark mood that gave the music a garage rock feel with a more trippy and spaced out attitude. The end product was psychedelia with a kick - music that will daze you as much as it will get you dancing. Their live set craftily increased its intensity until it peaked with full rock force at the end. This band is indeed groovy, but with an added layer of punkish awesome.-Peter Washington Concerted Effort Denver Co. ”

“If loud, loose, psychedelic-fueled rock mayhem is your bag, you have a must-see show here in the form of a CD release party for relative newbies Max Pain and the Groovies and the current City Weekly Music Awards favorite Utah band Spell Talk. While the Spell Talk gang has grown ever more impressive as a live act through touring and a steady diet of gigs around town, Max Pain and the Groovies have established themselves as a new live favorite on the SLC scene, with wild shows and Nuggets-style guitar rock. The show is at the venue formerly known as The Salt Shaker, now dubbed The Holding Company, and should be quite the double-bill. The Holding Company, 600 S. State, 7:30 p.m., $5”

“April 10th saw local cats The Spins and Max Pain & The Groovies literally bringing the house down—people were falling into heaps from erratic mid-dance collisions. The crowd response to Max Pain and his Grooviness (whatever the hell that means) was the most aggressive I’ve ever seen in a place I’ve been visiting for at least a decade, especially for the type of music being played. One doesn’t expect “slam dancing” to music that isn’t punk or metal, but these younger Utah fans seem to ooze this kind of energy. With two guitarists, a bassist, drummer and bespectacled lead singer, Max Pain & the Groovies made some excellent neo-psychedelia-inspired rock with touches of southern grit. One of the only critical bits to offer would be the need for some better mic control from lead singer Slave (or Slavid), and a bit more work on large stages, which these gents will be getting more experience with come April 17th, playing with CWMA 2010 winners The Naked Eyes at Snowbasin.”

“The crowd response to Max Pain and his Grooviness (whatever the hell that means) was the most aggressive I’ve ever seen in a place I’ve been visiting for at least a decade, especially for the type of music being played. One doesn’t expect “slam dancing” to music that isn’t punk or metal, but these younger Utah fans seem to ooze this kind of energy. With two guitarists, a bassist, drummer and bespectacled lead singer, Max Pain & the Groovies made some excellent neo-psychedelia-inspired rock with touches of southern grit. One of the only critical bits to offer would be the need for some better mic control from lead singer Slave (or Slavid), and a bit more work on large stages, which these gents will be getting more experience with come April 17th, playing with CWMA 2010 winners The Naked Eyes at Snowbasin.”