Seattle-Based Signor Groove
(Seattle, WA/Los Angeles, CA) – Conjuring the infectious hooks of Sly and the Family Stone, the production wizardry of Beck, and the electrofunktastic street sounds of the Future Shock era, Seattle-based songwriter-producer-performing artist Signor Groove is set to independently release his second full-length album, Scrambodia on January 31, 2006. Blending garage pop with soul, rock, and breakbeat, Signor Groove and his seven-piece band will celebrate the new release with a record release party in their hometown at The Rainbow on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. The Rainbow is located at 722 NE 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105. For more information on the show please call 206-634-1761 or visit the venue’s site at www.therainbowlive.com. For more information on the artist please visit www.signorgroove.com.
Releases Soul-Infused Sophomore Album
With Record Release Party at The Rainbow
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Eleven tracks of soul-infused alternapop, Scrambodia is a homespun party album. The style is catchy: throwback but forward-looking. The trademarks are all there: the harmonies, the horn lines, the left-field song changes. And now Signor Groove AKA Jeff Beauvoir adds breakbeat funk to his already kaleidoscopic palette (not to mention the tripped out keyboard sound made famous in “The Rockford Files” theme song). From the hip-shaking clav riff of "Quarterhip" to the absurdist, P-Funk-esque jam "Pirate Killer Got Seasick", Scrambodia is candy for your ears. Consumers can easily purchase the album on the artist’s site or at www.cdbaby.com/cd/signorgroove2.
Signor Groove (pronounced "See-nyor groove") cut his musical teeth in the early 1990's plucking bass for pick-up jazz and funk ensembles including a swing band led by Jazz Focus trumpeter Jay Thomas. At the age of sixteen he co-founded the urban noise/rap group Funky Mafia, which earned a cult following on the Northwest club circuit in the heyday of the Seattle sound, despite (or perhaps because of) its musical dissimilarity to that important pop movement. Funky Mafia caught the ear of vinyl spinner and Beastie Boys collaborator Dynomite D, who produced a couple of their demos.
In the aughts of the new millennium Signor Groove teamed up with Zach Lansdowne of the renowned Northwest indie pop band The Purdins and former band mate Misterholmes to produce his debut album. 2001's Indifference Face was a departure from former funk- and rap-based efforts: a homespun, avant-garde pop opus often likened to the work of Frank Zappa and driven by beats from a then ten-year-old Dr. Rhythm drum machine. Billboard magazine praised the single “South Dakota Song” for its "exceptionally strong rhythm and melodic changes" in Billboard's 2001 new song contest.
In 2006, Signor Groove returns to his soul-infused roots with the forthcoming album Scrambodia. Look for a music video and a west coast tour in support of this release.
Signor Groove describes their live experience, “The current 7-piece band has trouble fitting on some stages: sax, trumpet, keys, drums, bass, back-up singer who sometimes uses a megaphone, I play guitar and sing. We sound like Beck meets The Jackson Five with maybe a dose of Jamiroquai and Snoop Dog (when Snoop Dog is trying to be George Clinton), and I still haven't given up my Big Muff distortion pedal. We have rope lights on our mic stands to heighten the glamour. Usually people dance. If they don't, we do. Most times we have a door prize. Once it was a fuzzy pink Buddha piggy bank and a copy of ‘Scientific American.’ Once it was Led Zeppelin III on both vinyl and CD.”
There are many ways to spell signor but only one way to spell Signor Groove.