Max Pain and the Groovies Hit Mercury Lounge

The Salt Lake City based rock band Max Pain and the Groovies dropped by Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side to invite New York along for the ride while in the midst of their U.S. tour.

The all-girl grunge trio Thick opened up the show, and immediately set the bar for the kind of high energy that was kept constant throughout the night.

Thick was followed by BOYTOY, which felt like a throwback to the likes of Link Wray and The Ventures.

Max Pain and the Groovies brought the energy of Mercury Lounge to a new high. They brought their brand of psychedelic rock with a razor’s edge, and lay down some serious licks. The five-piece band features David Johnson on vocals and keys, Dallin Smith on guitar, Shane Preece on guitar, Kallan Campbell on bass, and Troy Coughlin on drums.

The band rocks a darker side of psychedelic music, while showing strong roots in ’60s pop and surf rock. Max Pain and the Groovies… Groove! They kept everyone dancing, and seemed to use their instruments to banter with each other. For a full list of tour dates head over to their Facebook page!




Michelle Eliza
Michelle Eliza
Michelle Eliza is a recovering opera singer, who sought recovery in rock n roll music and roller derby. Michelle moved to New York City after earning her bachelor degree in music from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After a few years singing in operatic productions, Michelle exchanged heels and high notes for wheels and loud noises. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she sings with the rock band Schmeeze.