"Conveying happiness is much more evasive than feelings of despair or loneliness!"

By Vanessa B

With a sound self-described as “indie-rock, with a slacker-y splash”, Groan Room debuted in 2020 and produced two stripped-back singles over several lockdowns. Give the idiosyncratic, mellowed out love song ‘Greasy Thumbs‘ a listen and find out more about Groan Room with their QuickFire Questions and answers.

Tell us everything we need to know about ‘greasy thumbs’.

Well it’s a love song first and foremost, and a happy one to boot, which made it one of the most challenging songs we’ve written. Conveying happiness is much more evasive than feelings of despair or loneliness! The first part of the song talks about a couple’s day trip to the Peak District, and an ensuing relationship.

What’s your creative process like?

The best way to describe it I think would be unpredictable. Sometimes you can take a song from a simple idea to a finished structure in a couple of hours. But often it can take months or sometimes years to get a finished product! Once the melody, lyrics and chord progressions are written we usually take it to the practice room and bang the arrangement into some sort of shape.

What was the first album you purchased?

I think it was On Every Street by Dire Straits – and they definitely were.

How does the place you inhabit influence your music?

Manchester and Salford have a really cool musical history, so many artists and bands have taken influence from this rainy area of Northern England. I think all of this contributes to you finding those artists’ songs & lyrics relatable and that sound gradually permeating into yours.

Do you have any upcoming shows?

Yes, we’re supporting the White Heat on the 23rd April in Manchester at Off The Square!

Photo credit: @kayleighcurranphotography @thecowghost