Tynan Groves

Tynan Groves

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Roots-rock with overtones of the experimental. Tynan's songs are a reflection of his jazz education, rural Canadian upbringing, and introspective personality. It's like if Jeff Buckley had a love child with Bill Frisell....kind of.

Biography

You know when you get a really good song stuck in your head for hours, but you don’t mind because you like it so much? Tynan Groves writes songs like that. He's always been a sensitive artist-type, and his lyrics reflect everything from growing up in small-town Alberta (and now living there again, after a 3-year stint in Toronto), to observations about the seemingly mundane, to helpless outrage at global stupidity.

Tynan's a musician, through and through. He started playing when he was a 14-year-old Cobain fanatic, went through two high school rock bands (one of which, Loom, released an independent LP in 1999), and finally learned to read music in college. He trained with Ralf Buschmeyer (Mount Royal College, Calgary) and Ted Quinlan (Humber College, Toronto), but cites many people as artistic influences, including Stravinsky, Wilco, Hunter S Thompson, Bill Frisell, and many more.

His wife, Shelly, who studied violin at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, often joins Tynan in studio and on stage - when she's not busy playing with Calgary band The Axis of Conversation. In addition to teaching violin to budding rockers, she's been known to write the occasional bio and design a press kit here & there, but would be thrilled if Tynan was scooped up by an excellent manager & sweet little record label....

Lyrics

Boots of War

Written By: Tynan Groves

I walk soft, gently now
Not like before with my boots of war

Diving into the cold,
I walk away for another day
I turn my hard back
To the words I should fight
I just seem to taunt
I don’t caress, I don’t wash
Wash those wounds there on your face
and your mouth

Chorus
But if you want to follow me to the sea
You’re more than welcome to, but I must warn you
I’m going down

To heal, I must change
Change myself and no one else
I can’t look to the world
And point my hand finger out
Without first chastising my mind
I’m so unkind
While people hunger for a little food,
I wrote this song

Chorus

I walk soft, gently now
Not like before with my boots of war

Sunny Outside

Written By: Tynan Groves

I was made just for loving
I said, just one girl
I was made just for loving
I said, just one girl
I was made for loving you
You’ve made my dreams come true

Chorus
Open your eyes –
It’s sunny outside

I was made just for leaving
I’m gonna leave you, girl
I was made just for leaving
I’m gonna leave you, girl
I’m gonna leave you soon
Perhaps one afternoon

Chorus
Open your eyes –
It’s sunny outside

But when it’s cold outside
I feel the rain coming down
I remember what it feels like
To drown…

I was made just for loving
I’m gonna love you, girl
I was made just for leaving
I’m gonna leave you, girl
I was made for loving you
I need to leave you soon

Chorus
Open your eyes –
It’s sunny outside

Home

Written By: Tynan Groves

I miss the miners, I miss the trains
I miss the farmers, I miss the rains
These blowing shadows that we once were
Drift in old stories that did occur

I watch my Amma, just in my mind
As she bakes sweet pies just to be kind
I’ll miss her forever, and that’s no lie
I’ll miss her forever, and that’s no lie

Chorus
I want to go home

I miss the elevators all filled with grain
Those long, dusty roads I won’t see again
I miss the fragrance of the lilacs in spring
A perfume that wafts as I sit here and sing

I long for cicadas with their buzzing verse
A song many find not a blessing, but a curse
I’ll miss him forever, and that’s no lie
I’ll miss him forever, and that’s no lie

Chorus

The frogs in the twilight, with their horny croaks
Old men in a café telling dirty jokes
An expecting mother watching the crops
An expectant father works till he drops

Some things we see now will soon disappear
Like a swirl of dust, or a small child’s tear
I’ll miss him forever, and that’s no lie
I’ll miss him forever, and that’s no lie

Chorus

Discography

Demo EP (2005)
Recording a full-length CD (July-September 2006)

Set List

2-3 sets, between 45-60 minutes long

Typical covers include Damien Rice, Jeff Buckley, Chad Vangaalen, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Wilco.