Troubled

by Toxic Boy

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Liner Notes by Jake Tully

On Troubled, Andy Groke has abandoned glorifying a menagerie of autobiographical virulent imagery and instead focuses on dealing with internalizing toxicity. Stepping forward as Toxic Boy, Groke assumes the position of weathered troubadour with some immense perspective by way of recounting how old habits die hard. It may seem simple for a Southern California artist to hold court as one who has escaped causalities of the lifestyle. However, what separates Toxic Boy from the pack is Groke’s ability to marry the reverence of his mortality with a blunderbuss of lust for life. Neither cautionary tale nor spitting into the wind, Toxic Boy is an introspective look at a good time without making a spectacle of introversion.

Deeply influenced by the likes of Eddie Vedder and Neil Young, Groke’s sound ranges from crawling out of the maw of a sludgy creature to a muted bastion of the morning recovery after a long night out. The jangle of “Let Her Sleep” is a happy medium amidst the grunge-entitled ferocity of “Toxic Boy” and the dour march of “Wino.” In short, Toxic Boy’s directionless theme juxtaposes nicely with a calculated scattershot aim at a variety of styles. Troubled ultimately culminates to a charged attack with the visceral format of an album heading the raid.

Troubled is a mighty fine debut from an artist who has prioritized both his musical idols as well as the tribulations of song craft within his work. It’s honest, personal, and absorbing as a memoir of Southern California life.

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released October 27, 2015

Track Listing:

1. Troubled
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitar: Andy Groke
Lead Guitar: Troy Ambroff
Drums: Andy Groke
Bass Guitar: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff
Recorded and Mastered at Synergy 770 in Fullerton, CA

2. Let Her Sleep
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitars: Andy Groke
Bass: Lourenzo Pertusati
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff

3. Wino
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitars: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff

4. I Got Shot
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitar: Andy Groke
Percussion: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff

5. Hungover Again
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitars: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff

6. Lost Love Blues
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitar: Andy Groke
Drums: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff
Recorded and Mastered at Synergy 770 in Fullerton, CA

7. Toxic Boy
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Guitar: Andy Groke
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff

8. I Never Really Liked The Rain
Written by Andy Groke
Vocals: Andy Groke
Vocals: Grace Shaffer
Guitars: Andy Groke
Drums: Andy Groke
Bass Guitar: Mark Peters
Produced by Andy Groke and Troy Ambroff
Recorded and Mastered at Synergy 770 in Fullerton, CA

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