For two years Boston's Groove Trust matured from a musician's collaborative into a full-force East Coast touring powerhouse. But after impressing a near sold-out crowd opening for Umphrey's McGee in Boston last November they seemingly dropped off the radar entirely.

"We were struggling to step things up to the next level," explains harmonica player and founder Michael Cucchi. "We were literally pulling the project in two different directions at once and it wasn't working. So, we all decided to hang up the gig-bags and walk away from the project to rebuild."

For six months original members Jamie Bacheller (guitar), Brian Bacheller (drums/vocals), and Cucchi (harmonica/vocals) developed an entire array of new music. With the new repertoire under their belts they searched for and found a new foundational bass player, Elliot Haimes. "Elliot is exactly what we were looking for. He's a team player who lives to lay down patient, driving bass lines," explains Jamie Bacheller. "That opens up the musical options and provides more space. The result is an extremely tight sound and I think we're all really enjoying it."

Groove Trust's pounding rhythms and hip-swiveling grooves are still evident in the new band's material, but Birdface's new feel really rounds out their appeal. Over ten new vocal tunes have been added to their already broad instrumental offerings. "Our new material is just a ton of fun to play. I tend to write stuff about my every day life--which is generally a mixture of daily disasters, emotional venting, and embarrassing stories," explains Cucchi.

Birdface's new sound is being captured right now in their upcoming studio EP being recorded over the next two months. For an immediate fix they've booked a few Northeast shows. You can catch Birdface at PA's Lounge in Somerville on September 4.

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[Published on: 8/22/04]

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