Best Pop/Rock Since Early Weezer - 2011
Remember the Gromble—that puke-colored monster with crazy tufts of hair, yellow teeth and a phallic-looking nose, all four feet donning red stilettos? Yeah, the creepy fellow from the 1990s Nickelodeon cartoon Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Even though this Laguna Niguel-born band are named after that creature, they certainly don't sound as scary as he did. Started in 2009 as a project among four friends, the band have grown to a quintet (Trevin Eck, Steven Lindenfelser, Spencer Askin, Stefan Macarewich and Michael Lee) playing funky, peppy rock reminiscent of the '90s. Sure, they don't have the notoriety of LA-based pop/rock kings Weezer, but they've got a similar sound. The Gromble played a big gig with Honeypie at the House of Blues in June and recently signed a deal with indie record label 37 Records. These guys are on the rise, and that's a good thing.