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"This is definitely," says Tom
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Groove Armada 2003 tour in the US
and Canada now
April 15 Toronto, Opera House
April 19 Chicago, Park West
April 21 Vancouver, Commodore
April 22 Seattle, Show Box
April 24 Los Angeles, Palace
April 25 San Francisco, Ruby Skye
April 26 Palm Springs, Coachella
The Groove Armada story...
They had us "Shakin' That Ass"
to their groundbreaking dance hit "I
See You Baby" and their first album
"Vertigo", then set sail with
their spectacular, subtle and sublime
"Goodbye Country, Hello Nightclub."
Superstylin' their way through countless
remixes, Groove Armada's signature style
can now be heard on their latest full
length, "Love Box", and in their
DJ sets and live shows as their tour the
Groove Armadal began some 7 years ago
when Tom Findlay and Andy Cato were introduced
through friends and instantly found they
a shared love of jazz, funk, disco and
real house. Andy began his musical career
in a local brass band, from which he progressed
to become the UK's Young Jazz Musician
Of The Year. "My whole youth was
filled with music in school," recalls
Andy, who plays a variety of instruments,
including trombone, keyboards, and bass
Tom, DJing as well as picking up skills
on bass and trumpet, relocated from Cambridge
to Manchester where he promoted a series
of successful nights, and honed his considerable
talents as a live musician with some of
the area's finest Funk outfits. Soon Andy
decamped to London where he set up the
Skinnymalinky label. Tom then moved to
London and the two hooked up and began
a club night under the name of 'Captain
Sensual at the Helm of the Groove Armada',
taking their name from a Kitsch '70's
disco club night.
Soon they embarked on the idea for the
Groove Armada project, with their first
single "At The River" in 1997.
Originally a limited 7" release of
500 copies, the funky fireside dub of
"At The River" caused mass hysteria
amongst the UK's music press. "Spotters
are swapping their grandmothers for copies
of it", said Kevin Braddock at the
NME. That same year,they released their
debut album 'Northern Star'. Combining
jazz and funk influences with house rhythms
and technology, the album received high
praise in the press, and led to the coining
of the phrase "Nu-Med" or "Nu-Balearic"
to describe their sound.
In 2000 "I See You Baby", the
first single from their second album 'Vertigo',
was released in the US and was an instant
smash success. Meanwhile, their re-released
single "At The River" went straight
into the Top 20 in the UK national charts.
Their 'Vertigo' album reached the Album
Top 20 and Gold status in the UK with
sales now approaching over 300,000 copies
2001 saw Groove Armada move into new
musical areas and solidify their reputation
as one of the UK's most exciting live
acts. In June Groove Armada set off on
an ambitious live tour with their 9 piece
band, completing a 12-date headlining
tour of North America. Their "Goodbye
Country, Hello Nightclub" album was
a stunning collaboration with several
friends and musicians that expands the
boundaries of dance music with an array
of mellow, funky absolutely superb music.
Now in 2003 Groove Armada return with
their latest full length orginal album,
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