In 1995, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay formed a partnership and created the club, Groove Armada. Inspired by 1970s disco’s, the duo set out to form a hot new dancehall. In the process, they created their band of the same name. Their style is a mixture of driving dance beats with slow melodies that often incorporate alternative rock and splashy cymbals. Similar acts include The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, Leftfield, and Mint Royale.
In 1997, the duo went to work on their first project and released several songs. The singles played in their club, but didn’t gain much of a following. One release, “Old Cape Cod” made the Die Hard II soundtrack, but not much else transpired. The next year, the pair dropped their first full-length album, Northern Star. It featured a raw sound not adapt for mainstream radio. The album garnered little commercial or critical attention. In 1999, they released Vertigo, which featured a more mature sound. The album reached respectable positions on UK album charts.
After switching things up in the studio, the group dropped their next record, Goodbye Country Hello Night Club. The music featured a more upbeat tempo and solidified the band as a mainstream electronic group. Their hit single “Superstylin” received a Grammy nomination; yet, failed to win the prestigious award. Without missing a beat, in 2002 Groove Armada released Lovebox. The record featured a mixture of genre’s that seemed to capture their previous works, plus some.
Two years later, they dropped a greatest hits record and departed their sound and label. In 2007, they released Soundboy Rock, which featured a more alternative rock sound. Even though critics praised it, the song was an adjustment for longtime fans. Their single “Get Down,” captured the overall tone of their new music. Eventually, the record became a success continuing the popularity of the band.
In 2010, they dropped their long awaited Black Light album. Fans and critics received the music well, leading to the White Light follow-up in October. Since, the group has toured throughout Europe. Groove Armada is currently on tour making notable stops in Ibiza, Spain and Turin, Italy.
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