The spirit of Motown is alive, and at least a portion of it lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
That’s thanks to high-energy, soulful local group Groovement, the six piece band made up of vocalist Alex Carr, drummer Bryan Burkhart, guitarist Trey Burkett, bass player Carlton Rinehart, keyboardist Adam Becker and guitarist Jacob Johnson.
The band, which has been steadily growing their following both locally and around the region over the years thanks to their danceable mix of funk, rock, and soul, recently finished a new album, and they’ll celebrate its release next week in Fayetteville.
The album is called Clouds, and the band is planning a release party for Saturday, Aug. 15 at George’s Majestic Lounge.
We got in touch with Trey from the band, who was nice enough to share a sneak preview of the new album (below), and answer a few questions for us.
Tell us a bit about the new record. Where did you guys record / how many tracks.
The new record, Clouds, was recorded over the last four years at drummer Bryan Burkhart’s Sound Source Studios in Wedington Woods. It contains 9 tracks and clocks in at just under 45 minutes.
Is this your second release after 2011’s Positive Step? How is the new record different than your earlier release(s)?
Yes, this is our second record. We feel like it’s a little darker, musically. The songwriting is considerably more focused.
With (our first album) Positive Step, we needed to hurry and get an album out so we could use it as a tool to book shows. With this record, we were able to take our time and get things sounding just the way we like them.
It’s a little bit more heavy, and a little bit more soulful than the first record.
You guys rocked Gulley Park the other night. What have been some of your favorite shows you can remember these last few years?
Recently, Boulder, CO was a really fun one from the last tour. We had a packed house of complete strangers and they stayed with us for the entire night. Interesting things always happen to us in Iowa City. I think that I can safely speak for everyone that we’re looking forward to getting back to New Orleans.
Tell us about the CD release party. (when/where/who’s playing/how much /will you have a special deal on the album?
The CD release party will be August 15 at George’s. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and we have some fantastic music planned for the evening: Isayah’s Allstars featuring the Crescent City Combo, Branjae, and Henry and the Invisibles. Cover is $10, and the first 100 people through the door will get a free copy of Clouds.
How can folks get their hands on the new record after the release show?
We will be selling Clouds at all live shows, and at all major online retailers.