This past June, Southampton hardcore/thrash group Grove Street shared details of their debut album, ‘The Path To Righteousness‘, Now ahead of its release through UNFD on September 29th, the five-piece have shared a track called ‘Ulterior Motives’.
The track captures Grove Street‘s stomping thrash groove with hardcore blasts throughout. “Musically this is one of our favourite tracks on the record, I feel like it captures our sound as a whole perfectly; from the bouncy hip-hop inspired grooves in the intro that lead into the thrash feel. The outro is personally my proudest part of the record, I remember writing that and being so surprised with myself – like, where the fuck did that come from!” stated Grove Street guitarist Sandy.
Beyond its hardcore/thrash sound, ‘Ulterior Motives’ details the issues people have when in a toxic/abusive relationship, and how those around them ignore the issue.
“Ulterior Motives is a song that goes through the motions of someone who is stuck in a toxic and abusive relationship with someone or something – be it a partner, friend or substance, or even a vice like gambling – and cannot find a way out. They keep getting pulled back into the situation at hand; they’re in love, addicted, and can’t see the impact of damage that’s being done to them, because they’ve got rose-tinted glasses on,” explains Sandy. “The second verse changes focus from the relationship/addiction itself to how people around that person turn a blind eye to what’s going on, because it’s easier for many to just play ignorant to issues than to call it out or address it, which in turn just enables the problem to manifest further. “The outro finds the person coming to the realisation that they’re better off out of the relationship/addiction, and in order to live a better life they gotta move on.”
The accompanying video sees Grove Street show off their humourous side in the form of a “Tour Survival Guide”. “We were spitballing ideas in the van about all the trials and tribulations we’ve faced being in a touring band, reminiscing about all the previous funny ventures we’ve experienced together,” said drummer Josh when explaining how the idea for the video came about. “Most of these skits are based on true stories, like the time our van got clamped in Slovenia and Joe (bass), using nothing but brute force, managed to rip it off. We hope that other bands can relate to our experiences, and it’ll also give people an insight into the touring lifestyle.”
Ahead of the release of ‘The Path To Righteousness‘ on September 29th, Grove Street will be supporting Stick To Your Guns later this month.
22nd Dome, London
23rd Club Academy, Manchester
24th Asylum, Birmingham