It was hard to get a straight answer out of Grouplove because they’re all so intrinsically in sync that a single person’s response often turned into a collective run-on sentence — a verbal game of ping pong where one fleeting word could spark a breathless backhand and finish in a different court entirely.The fivesome met in 2009 in Avdou, a small Grecian village north of Crete, by way of an artist’s commune that only existed for a single season: “A place that artists could go and not have to worry about the trappings of everyday life — the things that take you away from what makes you creative,” explains Wessen, whose brother founded the colony.Shortly thereafter in 2010, they were whisked away to the road, opening for Florence and the Machine and Joy Formidable on opposite coasts.In 2011, they co-headlined a national tour with Foster the People and scored spots at big-name festivals like Lollapalooza and Glastonbury.Musicians Hannah Hooper (L) and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove perform on the Coachella Stage during day 3 (Weekend 2) of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 23, 2017 in Indio, California., out now, sounds exactly like the sunny indie pop that listeners have come to expect from the five-piece. Founding members — as well as romantic partners and brand new parents — Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi say the collection’s 11 songs were born from the group’s anxieties, both immediate (the house the couple came home to in Silver Lake, California once tour ended was in shambles) and looming in the distance (the current U. political situation, which Hooper describes as having “gone to s—“).
AXS: You guys just released a new album in September. The songs that we brought to Phil were already finished, and it was nice to work with someone who wasn’t trying to rewrite the songs for us or anything. CZ: Well, I don’t read reviews or any of that stuff, so I just kind of base it off the fans. We just came home from Europe, and we just had our most successful tour there. The crowds just respond so well, especially to “Welcome to Your Life,” our single.
Hooper invited Zucconi to attend an artist residency in Crete where they met Sean Gadd, Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin. I think it really shows in the record that we took some time off, which is much different than the previous records and we’ve all kind of evolved as human beings, getting to know each other, getting to know ourselves again off the road and putting our energy into this new record.
Later, the five began making music together and took a chance to move to Los Angeles and become a band. AXS: What did going up to Seattle and working with Phil Ek bring to the album? AXS: Earlier today I heard Welcome to Your Life on a Sirius XM radio top 18 countdown, (No.
What was the process of making and releasing that album like? He was just there to do what he does best which is like make everything sound lush and beautiful – his guitar tones are unparalleled I think. And it just goes on – it’s a really good indicator for me that people are listening to the album and taking it in and enjoying it and celebrating with us live on stage – it’s like the best feeling having a bunch of new songs and people singing along to the lyrics.
I was playing the song “Enlighten Me” just like solo and the whole crowd sang the chorus as loud anything I’ve ever heard before, so it was really special to know it is translating and people are digging it.