Californian “naked kids” GROUPLOVE return to Australia this January! Their sunshine-laden hooks sparkled brightly at Splendour in The Grass and fans in Sydney and Melbourne were treated to intimate headline sideshows.
Now back by popular demand, GROUPLOVE are set to kick 2012 off with a bang, including performances at both Falls Festivals before heading out on the road nationally, including WA’s Southbound.
“Lead track ‘Itchin’ on a Photograph’ does what Cold War Kids can no longer do: scrape the clouds with a chorus that breaks open a cleansing storm.” Daily Telegraph
“It’s a perfectly woven mix of sappy sweetness with depth and they deliver it fantastically, the crowd eating out of theirhand.” Inpress August 2011
After finding each other in the balmy climes of Greece, GROUPLOVE produced a gem of an eponymous EP that saw their google-friendly name spread across the world. The band was founded by love after frontman Christian Zucconi met keyboardist/singer Hannah Hooper under Williamsburg Bridge and bonded over a mutual love of Pixies, Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac. It could have ended there as Hannah left for Crete shortly after, but on a whim, Christian joined the artist overseas. The pair then met guitarist Sean Gadd and pro surfer and bassist Andrew Wessen, add to the mix drummer and producer Ryan Rabin and GROUPLOVE was born.
Fast forward to 2011 and GROUPLOVE’s debut record “Never Trust A Happy Song” produced by their own Ryan Rubin has been hailed by triple j, earning it Feature Album of the Week and a slew of gushing reviews. It hit the ARIA charts at #21. With hit singles “Colours”, “Naked Kids” and “Itchin’ On A Photograph” leading the charge, the ‘70s tinged sparkle-pop album is effortless.
“Never Trust a Happy Song is far from a cohesive album, but that actually works to its advantage–because it encapsulates the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, of this emotional roller coaster known as life.” BBC MUSIC
“L.A.-based quintet unleash positively euphoric debut.” Q MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2011
“Listening to Never Trust A Happy Song is like God smiling down on you, telling you that you are his most wondrous creation and then giving you $50 for being a swell guy.”THE AU REVIEW
It’s not surprising considering their place amongst the world’s hottest new bands, having already been named in the Top 10 of NME’s ‘Best New Bands’ list and ‘Ones to Watch’ from Spin magazine. GROUPLOVE recently shined on Conan O’Brien’s show in the US and have clocked up the frequent flier miles playing every summer festival from here to Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza to Reading, Rock En Seine France to Optimus Alive Portugal. They’ve recently graced the stage with Florence & the Machine and embarked on a sold out co-headline US tour with Foster The People. It’s no wonder they’re in high demand!
Buy a ticket to any of GROUPLOVE’S official sideshows before December 1st and you’ll automatically go into the draw to win an original artwork by Hannah Hooper of GROUPLOVE!
“Never Trust a Happy Song” is out now through Warner Music. www.grouplovemusic.com
Secret Sounds Presents GROUPLOVE With Special Guests
Presented by triple j, Pedestrian and Street Press Australia
Tues 3 Jan – FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
Wed 4 Jan – CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
Thu Jan 5 – THE GOV, ADELAIDE
Tues 10 Jan – THE ZOO, BRISBANE
Wed 11 Jan – THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY
TICKETS ON SALE THIS FRIDAY, OCT 14 at 9AM