Mainstream pop bands usually suck (fun. I’m looking at you), but Grouplove is one indie start-up that I hope capitalizes on their onward momentum and steamrolls the other shitty pop hodgepodge out of the way. They’re a five-piece motley crew of misfits who are perhaps best known for their iTunes hit “Tongue Tied.” But don’t hold that against them, gentle readers, for their album Never Trust A Happy Song is far deeper and more eclectic than their iTunes venture would probably lead you to think.
So their album is kind of “old” now (it came out in 2011), but the band just released a new song for the Girls soundtrack called “Everyone’s Gonna Get High,” and my ears think its pretty fucking excellent. It’s a chill track that builds gradually, chock-full of singalong lyrics and na-na-nas. It perfectly showcases blue-haired frontman Christian Zucconi’s vocals, slipping back and forth between notes and howls, which are supported effortlessly by keyboardist Hannah Hooper.
The band’s live show confirms that they are greater than the sum of their parts. Rarely have I seen every single member add so much to a set before. Bassist Sean Gadd grabs the mic and jaunts about the stage, Hooper swirls and twirls while taking lead, and Zucconi gladly steps back when it makes sense. Together, they’re a team on stage; Grouplove, the perfect name for their outfit.
So the new song: I dig it. You should dig it too. It’s the perfect summer campfire song. The sun has set, the keg has been kicked, some weirdo has nauseatingly pulled out his guitar, but once everyone is all lit and funky, they’re glad he did. That’s what it feels like to engage in some Grouplove. I don’t know how this post turned into the prime setting for an orgy, but shit just got weird. Time for listening. Get high on this action:
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