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Video of the Moment #1235: Grouplove

 
By on Saturday, 15th June 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Why are Grouplove dressed up for Halloween in their new video ‘Ways to Go’? Beats me, but it’s the first taster to new album ‘Spreading Rumors’ that will follow this autumn. Watch the promo for ‘Ways to Go’ below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGvHnDeS12o[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #605: Grouplove

 
By on Wednesday, 19th October 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

Grouplove‘s latest video is for their next single off their debut album ‘Never Trust a Happy Song’. Called ‘Lovely Cup’, all sorts of double entrendres abound – “you’re a lovely cup / why don’t you fill you up…” Umm…or maybe you’re thinking completely pure thoughts. Either way, watch the mostly performance video below. Full of energy.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRvbF4BzgqA[/youtube]

‘Lovely Cup’, the new single from Grouplove, is out on the 14th of November.

 

MP3(s) of the Day #377: Foster the People and Grouplove Remix Each Other’s Songs

 
By on Thursday, 11th August 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Two bands you’re hearing a lot about lately: Foster the People and Grouplove (pictured above). And with good reason: both groups have put out releases this year that have been eaten up by the fans, and both groups’ shows are riotous affairs. (No, not that kind of riot. The well-controlled, “let’s have a good time and not trash the place” kind of riot found in your respectable neighbourhood dance club.)

Not sure who masterminded this mini remix project – maybe they agreed to do this over some beers like Friendly Fires and Holy Ghost!‘s decision to do covers of each other’s songs last year? Or maybe it was entirely corporate and Foster the People’s suits sat down with Grouplove’s? However this came about, you, dear reader, benefit because we have two great free remixes for you today. Grouplove try their hand in reinterpreting the now famous ‘Pumped Up Kicks’, and Mark Foster and co. do their best (or depending on your opinion, worst) to ‘Colours’. Both of these remixes are radically different from the originals and I can see them being entirely polarising – you’re either going to love ’em or hate ’em. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment for us.

 

Live Review: Grouplove with Dylan LeBlanc at Camden Barfly – 29th June 2011

 
By on Wednesday, 6th July 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

It’s all gone a bit mad at Barfly. There’s people dancing like there’s no tomorrow in the venue and the band have been finished for about 10 minutes. Grouplove, then, have inspired an atmosphere that just refuses to die. How? Well, with their debut EP being full of happy-go-lucky folk-pop with a bit of indie rock thrown in for good measure, it’s plain to see that Grouplove have formed a winning combination to make people smile.

Having been warmed up by what started out as a country set from Dylan LeBlanc and eventually turned into a rock show with guitar solos and steel guitar madness, LeBlanc’s humble charm eventually won over a room full of new and old fans. Beginning with a set of tracks that brought southern America to Camden for a while, LeBlanc took his time to get going but his powerful set of vocal chords made up for what was a weak start. Just as you feared things might get boring though, Pink Floyd at their most  powerful appeared to channel themselves through the band and all were left cheering after his set came to an end.

After gaining fans in the UK sharing the bill with Los Campesinos! in November and playing fantastic sets at the Great Escape and Glastonbury (where they opened the festival on the Park Stage), Grouplove have been building up hype for about a year now. ‘Colours’ found its way onto the internet last year and along with their friends’ track ‘Pumped up Kicks’ by Foster the People, made its way onto a fair few playlists over the year. Their debut EP featured 22 minutes of summer brilliance and their new album, ‘Never Trust a Happy Song’, was announced to be released in September. It’s safe to say, tonight’s crowd (and last night’s, they sold out two dates) are eager to hear what Grouplove have in store. New tracks such as ‘Itchin on a Photograph’ don’t stand out as new due to crowd participation, but at the same time don’t really raise the roof nearly as much as the likes of ‘Gold Coast’ and the heartwarming sound of ‘Naked Kids’ (err…did I just write those words?) whilst ‘Dim the Lights brings a kind of pandemonium’ from both bassist turned speed vocalist Sean Gadd and crowd.

I’ve found that the best gigs make where and who you are irrelevant and as I look around, the front 6 rows are full of people who have forgotten themselves and are simply enjoying the music in front of them. They’re completely on the mark too as Grouplove appear to have taken a room in Camden to the beaches of Los Angeles and brought the party with them. In a big way tonight, the smiling band have brought their hybrid sounds to London and conquered. Finishing the night with an encore of ‘Colours’ requires a lot of dancing and singing from everyone in the room, and with that last burst of energy, Grouplove are done for the night. Breaking England? Job done.

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Continue reading Live Review: Grouplove with Dylan LeBlanc at Camden Barfly – 29th June 2011

 

Live Review: The Joy Formidable with the Dig and Grouplove at Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC – 11th November 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 16th November 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

Although I’ve attended many dances in the Black Cat Backstage space (capacity: 200 people) I’ve never actually seen a show there, because the times I was scheduled to see a band play on the downstairs stage, the gig had been upgraded to the upstairs (Brakes and the Twilight Sad, and Passion Pit, as two examples). I can definitely say after seeing the Joy Formidable play there Thursday night, it is indeed the place to see bands in Washington. They were one of the first bands we featured in our MP3 of the Day section, and I remember thinking, wow, they sound amazing on record. What are they like live? You will find out as you read on.

The Joy Formidable were preceded by two excellent support bands. The Dig was the first to go on, and you may recall me writing about before as they opened for Editors on their North American tour in February. Good ol’ American rock the way nature intended. I agreed with a new friend I met (a woman who has been following me around on the DC gig circuit, or possibly the other way around!) that the New York City quartet sounded much, much tighter at this appearance than the previous time I caught them.

They started with ‘Carry Me Home’, and their energy just built and built as their set progressed until they ended with ‘I Just Wanna Talk to You’, where guitarist David Baldwin and bassist Emile Mosseri duet in a snarly yet sexy fashion. ‘Already Gone’, a track we gave away in February, is an example of how great they are: Mosseri’s engaging lyrics, seriously good guitar riffs, wicked bass lines, atmospheric keys, awesome drumming. Note to A&R men: to be honest, I don’t know how they have not been discovered by a UK label yet.

GROUPLOVE was the second support act. While I hadn’t heard any of their music before this show, their having supported Two Door Cinema Club on their recent autumn North American tour was good enough as any endorsement to me. They sound vaguely surf pop, which may be attributed to band member Andrew Wessen being an actual professional surfer and guitarist; but interestingly, the harmonies and passion they display onstage make them far and away much better than most of the bands of that genre out there now. ‘Gold Coast’ featured industrial clanking that made it a more sultrier number than the more upbeat ones, but it provided an interesting contrast in song styles. The band members themselves jump around on stage for songs like ‘Colours’, so it’s clear they are having a ball, and you can’t help but smile watching them play and hearing their harmonies.

The Joy Formidable went on rather late, but I attribute this to their manager painstakingly anchoring down, with a massive roll of Gaffa tape, all the equipment wires onstage. This proved to be essential, as lead singer / guitarist Ritzy Bryan was all over the place during the set, shredding on her guitar like mad. As I was right up front I almost got my head taken off by her guitar’s neck a couple of times. (Not whinging at all. Just an observation.)

Really, all three of them – Bryan on guitar, Rhydian Dafydd on bass and Matt Thomas on drums – were giving us 500%, this had to be the most energetic performance I’ve ever seen in my life. At one point, Bryan looked overwhelmed by the audience response to their first appearance in our town (widespread, manic moshing); a female punter shouted, “you don’t understand. People never react to bands like this!” Bryan responded with a smile, “you mean it’s like London?” I laughed, thinking about what my friends have said about stoic London gigging crowds.

I’ll always remember Dafydd’s bass lines in ‘Austere’ and ‘Ostrich’, as it gave me such a buzz watching a master at work. Before launching into an exemplary rendition of ‘Whirring’ (ending with Thomas beating his drums so hard and Bryan looking like she was going to smash her guitar into her amp), Bryan said thank you and said they looked forward to playing for us again early next year when they have a full album to tour with. As a blog editor, I’m having to go through all my recollections of gigs throughout the year, trying to nail down what are the best gigs I’ve seen this year. As it’s mid-November, I’m almost positive that this Joy Formidable gig will be #1 on my list. I’m getting chills just thinking about the gig. No doubt I will definitely see them again when they grace Washington with their presence.

Continue reading Live Review: The Joy Formidable with the Dig and Grouplove at Black Cat Backstage, Washington DC – 11th November 2010

 
 
 

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