Los Angeles’ Grouplove make music that seems like a perfect amalgamation of a summer day on our city streets, warm-blooded empowered melodies juxtaposed with a bit of grungy crunch and sprinkled with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
Just like their name, Grouplove is like a sonic double entendre, they could be innocent or naughty, but either way the band who formed at an artist’s commune on Crete, an island in Greece, are bringing a party.
This is why they were the perfect band to be the first to make their second appearance at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ. Grouplove bring it big and their fans appreciate that and follow suit; a 6’5’’-ish man in front of danced and bopped like a crazed schoolgirl at a Beatles concert, Hannah Hooper was proposed to, and another fan in the audience shrieked with glee with Hooper said she still had one of the fan’s flower crowns in her bathroom.
It helps that Los Angeles is now Grouplove’s home turf and that the fans that they developed here were ostensibly their first, including KROQ, who they thanked for supporting them so well. “We’re very psyched,” admitted frontman Christian Zucconi humbly.
And the band seemed especially happy to share some songs of their new album with the audience. After “touring for four years, getting a week off, and then going back into the studio,” Grouplove is set to release Spreading Rumors on September 17. Hooper told host Ted Stryker that going into album writing mode was second nature. “It’s like we don’t know how to do anything else now,” she admitted. “That’s what we’re going to do.”
The band played a sensational six song set including radio hits “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” “Tongue Tied,” and “Colours” and three songs from their upcoming sophomore album Spreading Rumors including “Ways To Go,” the psychedelic ‘Borderlines and Aliens” and the tropical-ish “Shark Attack” which featured a steel drum effect.
From the songs played, their new stuff sounds very eclectic—just like their musical taste. When a fan asked them where they draw their influences from, the overall response was from “each other,” but drummer and producer Ryan Rabin (who had a happy face on his “package”), hinted that he wouldn’t be mad at getting hooked up with some tickets for KROQ’s upcoming Nine Inch Nails show. Stryker joked that he would have to call in between “9am and 9pm,” but that maybe they could strike a deal if Rabin wore the matching shirt to his package pants. Hooper asked the camera to zoom in on the smiley face crotch and everyone laughed, knowing that with Grouplove, what you hear and see is what you get. No holds barred fun and, well, love.
–Nadia Noir, KROQ