play first gig at Smackers, Cannock. First
demo released, The Conch Shell & The Twig - 9 track casette. Velvet
Morning III recorded for inclusion on charity CD for Parkinson's disease. Simon
Fox directs video for Hamfist - screened at film festivals around the UK.
Log, Grover's second demo released - 4 track cassette. Grover begin to
gig throughout the UK. Wolverhampton Underground Festival - Grover commissioned
to play Velvet Underground set amongst major Pop Art works at Wolverhampton Art
Gallery, with Gordon Wallace on keyboards.
release third demo, Boner - 3 track cassette. Limited edition Groverbeer
produced at Ivy Bush Brewery, Birmingham. The Grover website goes online for
the first time, making Grover the first independent band in the Midlands to have
a dedicated internet site.
for Husk, Grover's debut CD are recorded at Coach House Studios, Willenhall,
produced by Steve Hough (Godflesh, Cable Regime).
enhanced-CD released featuring 8 of the songs recorded in 1997. Also featured
on the CD is a unique multimedia package created by Simon Fox and Mark Lynall.
The CD-Rom includes the video for Hamfist, several midi piano pieces inspired
by Grover tracks, and a collaboration with award winning author, Steve Garner;
an interactive story, The Garden of Death. Music
and Elsewhere release cassette version of Husk.
tracks included on several compilations, BURBS CD1 - British
Underground Rock Bands, Underground in a Big Town - Blag Fanzine,
Freedom to Innovate Volume 1 - Freedom
to Innovate Productions. Grover's
debut single, …Like a Bunny - 2 tracks, 7", released on Bearos
Records. Grover play the main stage at Birmingham's Arts Fest '99.
Grover appear as guests on the Daz Hale Evening Show on BBC Radio WM.
Revolutions - 4 tracks, 7" e.p. released on Bearos
to Innovate Volume 2 released, featuring another exclusive Grover track, Ma,
I Failed. 414.7 Revolutions gets single of the month in Record Collector
magazine. Grover go out for a balti and record shopping with BBC
Radio1 legend John Peel. Grover again play the main stage at Arts Fest
2000. The Grover World Service, an internet radio station, goes online.
The Garden of Death, a major
interactive story by Steve Garner, is re-worked and placed on the Grover internet
site. Simon Fox is Assistant Director on The Westerner, a short
film for Carlton TV, written and directed by Grover collaborator, Mark
Lynall. Grover joins the Diskant
network. Steve Garner dies suddenly, aged 43, of a brain haemorrhage. The
Westerner wins BBC Drama Award for best short film. Grover invited
to record Peel Session for BBC
Radio1 in early 2001.
debut Peel Session for BBC
Radio1 is broadcast on Valentine's Day. New works are recorded for various
releases, again with regular producer, Steve Hough. Big Scary
Monsters agree to release a split single between Grover and Jet Johnson
(featuring members of Billy Mahonie) in July and then, after much fucking
about, doesn't. Another split, this time a triple 7" pack on Errol
Records, is planned. This finally evolved into a double 10"
called Errol's Brood released in 2002. Grover are included
on the Awkward Records
(the chaps behind Tokyo Lucky Hole, to you) sampler that was doing the
rounds during BBC Radio1's
One Live in Birmingham event. Grover played the Bearos Sunday Social
at the Medicine Bar. Radio1 DJ, Steve Lamacq was spotted in the
audience. He bought Grover a round of drinks a couple of days later at the Radio1
hotel. This resulted in Lamacq continually name-dropping Bearos
for the rest of the week at the accompanying seminars and on his show.
Hall leaves the band and is replaced by Steve Hough on bass (previous
bands, Godflesh, Cable Regime, Torque). Grover appear on
a double 7" compilation on Jonson Family Records, The
Two Minutemen, which gets played loads on Radio1 and Xfm. The new self-titled
Grover e.p. (TR02), a 3"CD containing four brand new tracks, is
released on Hong Kong's TeleRAN Records. The Errol's
Brood compilation is released on Errol
Records. Various tracks recorded during the year form the basis of a new
album, Tiny Blue Sparks, which is planned for release on Canadian label,
Are My Records. After several delays, the plans are dropped and the album
is taken up by Bearos
Records, who arrange its release for early 2003. Five of the bands
appearing on Jonson
Family's Two Minutmen compilation perform ten-minute sessions which
are broadcast live on the John Peel Show on BBC
Radio1. Simon Fox and Steve Hough begin working
on another project, Krafla, which is more studio-based and experimental.
label" version of the second album, sent as a promo to John
Peel, appears in his "record
box" of recommended releases that month. He also begins playing tracks
from it, before the release date.
Grover's second album, Tiny Blue Sparks is released on Bearos
Records in March, with an official launch gig on April 11th. Two
Minutemen Two released on Jonson
Family Records. Simon Fox and Steve Hough found the Experimental
Music Collective, a new group dedicated to promoting and performing experimental
and innovative music. They secure funding to put together a large scale
sound & vision piece, including members of Baxxter, PCM and
artists from Tokyo Lucky Hole and X>Y. Grover kick
off a short tour to promote Tiny Blue Sparks with a gig at Oxford University
Union, to launch The Lip Magazine.
The tour continues on to various venues around the UK. In May, Experimental
Music Collective makes its debut performance, Calling Every Angel,
at the Fierce! Festival. Jonson
Family Records troop down to the BBC to record a second Peel
Session, again featuring five bands from the compilation. Grover play Brighton
to coincide with BBC Radio 1's
One Live in Brighton week. Bearos
Records celebrates its 5th birthday with a special compilation,
featuring exclusive tracks from bands on the roster. The CD, featuring Grover,
is given away free to all mailing list members.
Jonson Family put the two Two Minutemen releases together, with
extra tracks, on one CD. Steve Hough remixes KlusterB
for a special Bearos release. Andy Parker, from Sally and
Katastrophy Wife joins Grover for a one-off gig to celebrate the Bearos
Hallowe'en Special. Under the banner GRRRRRover!, the band plays
extra loud and chucks in a version of Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf. Simon
Fox and Clair Horton perform for the first time at the Bearos
Si Rider and Steve Hough join Andy Parker to form the krautrock