Grouplove “Colours”

By One Track Mind on Thursday, February 24th, 2011  |  8,412 views

Indie Rock

Grouplove “Colours” Grouplove “Colours”

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“Colours,” the first track on Grouplove‘s recently released, self-titled debut EP, is a raucous ride brimming with energy and unlikely vocal harmonies. For a premiere effort, it has more than its rightful share of swagger–it is not only confident and smartly executed, but also perfectly produced. There is more than a glimmer of The Pixies dashed throughout, beginning with the lockstep groove and guitar interplay of the song’s first verse, but even more prominent is the sense that Grouplove has settled into that magical territory where a band creates their own idiosyncratic sound.

The band’s backstory is almost romantic in its origins–a tale of serendipity and interweaving paths. Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi met in the Lower East Side one night and immediately clicked, only to have Hooper selected for an artist’s residency in Greece a few days afterwards. Inspired by their connection, Hooper invited Zucconi to tag along and he complied, eventually meeting the rest of the band while abroad. When the residency drew to a close, all of the band members parted ways. After reconvening in Los Angeles to record the Grouplove EP, Hooper and Zucconi realized they couldn’t fight fate any longer. They packed up their belongings and moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to give the band a proper opportunity to move forward.

While it’s genuinely nice to hear about a band whose career is motivated primarily by friendship and special bonds, it would all mean nothing if the music didn’t deliver. However, with Grouplove it’s easy to see how that sense of connection has a direct translation in the cohesiveness and spirit of their music. “Colours” is such an intricate, careening orbit that listening to it almost takes something out of the listener. My guess is it’s partially because so much thought and passion went into the music in the first place.

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    Wait- why exactly did they move to LA?

  2. One Track Mind Says:

    @michael: They moved to Los Angeles to be with the other band members. Sorry that wasn’t too clear from my text.

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