Joe’s Groove Huddle find safety in numbers (in more ways than one) with their latest single Strong — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“The song is about the support important persons can give in phases of setbacks or hard knocks,” explains Jochen “Joe” Kinzig, the mastermind behind the ever-changing musical collective. “In a time of increasing uncertainty, it is becoming more and more important to have fixed points in life. Being aware of this is the key to finding the right balance.”
An electrified blast from your speakers, the song sears the mundane and causes a cataclysmic soundscape you’ll find yourself cranking the volume for. A German bassist with a desire to walk the line solo, Kinzig assembled Joe’s Groove Huddle in 2020. The resulting synth-infused rock anthems offer a fist-bump to Iron Maiden, a nod to Ghost, a bow to Rammstein, and more.
“The name Joe’s Groove Huddle really describes this very special setup with changing lineups and the only fixed artist in the band (being) me,” says Kinzig. “The name stands for the philosophy of the band: Friends having fun with good music.”
Those friends have included his former bandmates Uwe Flatter and Jochen Stien of Killjoy, along with his current keyboardist Torsten Lehnert and drummer Christian Fier, plus, Eckhard Koch contributing backing vocals. With Strong, Kinzig has spun the musical wheel again, adding an international flair to the lineup. “The vocals of Strong were sung by Eric Castiglia (Italy) and the rap part in the chorus was performed by Daniel Picknell (England),” he explains. “The guitars were recorded by my current bandmate Benedikt Staud, and the drums were again played by Christian Fier.”
But ultimately, Kinzig is the one calling the plays in his Huddle. “I wanted to be able to realize my own songs with my personal ideas,” he says. “I wanted to try to produce the songs on my own as well as possible, so I am not only writing the songs, but I also produce and mix them.”