Pop Curious was among the 150 people lucky enough to see a private show by LA-based band Grouplove on July 29. Held at the Red Bull Sound Space at KROQ, the indie-pop quintet was there to promote their upcoming sophomore release, on September 17, of Spreading Rumors.
The energetic LA-based quintet had an atypical convergence – they happened to meet four years ago while at an artists’ retreat on the Greek island of Crete, then “started recording for fun” upon returning to LA. Releasing their first album, Never Trust a Happy Song, in 2011, the band rapidly became a sonic sensation when “Tongue Tied” and “Itchin’ on a Photograph” became hits.
At the Red Bull show, vocalist Christian Zucconi, when asked how if felt to hear one of their songs on the radio, replied “I wish I had a better car stereo system. It’s awesome to hear your song on the radio; there’s nothing like it.”
Grouplove went on to perform six songs: the aforementioned “Tongue Tied” and “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” along with “Borderlines and Aliens,” “Shark Attack,” “Colours,” and the newest single from Spreading Rumors, “Ways To Go.” The reception was enthusiastic – a huge part of the band’s appeal is their sheer jubilance while performing. Their performances, here and elsewhere, demonstrate how much they love what they’re doing.