Joe’s Groove Huddle only want the best for you (or do they?) with their rockin’ new single and video Believe Me — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Combining the driving, hard-hitting pound of stadium metal with a funktastic groove, Believe Me paints a portrait of a politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. “Writing the lyrics, I was wondering how many political decisions are influenced by lobbyists, and where that will lead in the decades to come,” said bassist Jochen “Joe” Kinzig.
The chorus is reassuring, if not disingenuous — “Believe me, all I want is your best” — as the narrator speaks of having his back to the wall. It’s not exactly a happy song, but the driving beat and passionate vocals convey a message of refusing to succumb to powerlessness or settle for simplistic solutions to complex problems.
After he finished writing the lyrics, Kinzig asked his friend Eric Castiglia to sing Believe Me. “I sent him my draft, and the vocals he sent back blew me away,” Kinzig said. “Eric was really able to give the vocals a perfect vibe that fit perfectly with this fusion of funk and rock.” The song also features guitars by Benedikt Staud, with Christian Fier on drums.
Believe Me is the fourth single from Joe’s Groove Huddle. The band made its debut with Good Day in 2021, followed by Shot From Behind. Both songs featured vocals and guitars from Kinzig’s former bandmates Uwe Flatter and Jochen Stien, and keyboards by Torsten Lehnert. With the third release Strong, the lineup became more international, featuring vocals by Eric Castiglia (Italy) and a rap by Daniel Picknell (England).
Kinzig launched Joe’s Groove Huddle in 2020 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Inspired by the lockdown and the resulting standstill in his live bands, the bass player began to write his own songs and record over the distance with other musicians. Influenced by the music of the ’70s and ’80s as well as present day, the band provide an outstanding fusion of old-school and modern rock.