Oct. 30 2013 03:36 PM

Plus, San Diego musicians pay tribute to Lou Reed

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Griever drummer Cory Groenenberg
Photo by Brandon Tridle

Cory Groenenberg, drummer for the hardcore quartet Griever, is recovering from a motorcycle accident that left him unable to perform for a month.

Groenenberg bought a new bike in late September and crashed it the same day, suffering a broken toe. Performing had to be put on hold while he healed.

However, Griever guitarist and vocalist Alex Jacobelli tells CityBeat that the drummer is close to being able to play drums again.

"He's looking better," Jacobelli says. "He can walk, finally."

The band's planning to make up for lost time in November by heading back into the studio to record their first full-length album with Tommy Garcia of Mrs. Magician. They were initially scheduled to start tracking their new songs earlier this month.

Since Groenenberg's accident, "we haven't done shit," Jacobelli says. "We were supposed to record earlier in October, but obviously we couldn't."

Recording will begin the week of Thanksgiving, and, in order to wrap up the sessions by the end of 2013, Griever's putting off playing live until New Year's Eve— at show at The Void. The new album doesn't yet have a title but will be released via Vitriol Records in early 2014. Jacobelli says it will contain eight to 10 songs.

"It won't be super-long," he says.


Legendary artist and Velvet Underground founder Lou Reed died at age 71 on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 27, and many San Diego musicians showed their appreciation via heartfelt messages or performances.

For example, The Burning of Rome tweeted, "Our hearts are heavy over the loss of one of music's most unadulterated artists. Godspeed Lou Reed, you will be dearly missed." The Casbah, meanwhile, changed its Facebook avatar to a classic picture of Reed from the 1970s.

On Sunday afternoon, Emerald Rats posted a cover of Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror" on its Bandcamp page, and on Monday night, The Void held its own Lou Reed tribute with DJs spinning tracks from Reed's catalog.


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