Grouplove Never Trust A Happy Song on LP
Never Trust A Happy Song is the debut album from LA indie-rockers Grouplove. The release is a brawny, ecstatic album filled with ambitious, varied, expansive, tunes underscored by crisp percussion and killer harmonies. “The variety in the musical taste and writing styles of each member really makes each of our songs unique,” drummer/producer Ryan Rabin explains. “The honest, open-minded process we go through in rehearsal and in the studio brings the songs home and gives them the 'Grouplove' sound.”
Under the Grouplove banner, “Colours,” became a delicate but powerful slow/fast jam. “Itchin On A Photograph” is a soaring epic propelled by spacey guitar licks and vigorous handclaps. And “Tongue Tied,” is an electronic infused dance anthem that showcases the band’s obsession with careening harmonies.
Hannah Hooper (keyboards), Andrew Wessen (guitar) and Sean Gadd (bass) all share vocal duties and take their turn fronting the band, though Christian Zucconi (guitar) sings lead on most songs, Ryan produces all of their material, and all five bandmembers receive songwriting credit on every tune: Grouplove is a true collaboration.
The album’s title initially seems ironic: on the surface the band’s vibe comes off as happy, the songs soar with a kind of shimmering, youthful exuberance. But just beneath that sunny sheen, there is a reservoir of longing and melancholy. The Grouplove signature is blending those two pillars of life: sorrow and joy. Hannah explains, “As individuals we are heavier, darker, but when we are together we bring the love.”
Grouplove Never Trust A Happy Song Track Listing:
1. Itchin’ on a Photograph
2. Tongue Tied
3. Lovely Cup
6. Naked Kids
8. Betty’s a Bombshell
10. Love Will Save Your Soul
11. Cruel and Beautiful World
12. Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten