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"When you're in Greece, there's this really strong alcohol, and everyone was sitting around drinking, and everyone was singing. I don't know, it might have been the alcohol. I was just really comfortable and just started singing along with everyone," Hooper said. "There's like this weird kind of seamless way that I started making music the way I was painting before. I guess I feel like I'm lucky. It was natural."
It's clear that they all love each other the band members were friends and the music was a by product of friendship. Guitarist Andrew Wessen and drummer and producer Ryan Rabin grew up together in Los Angeles. Wessen's brother invited keyboardist Hannah Hooper to an artist residency in Greece, and Hooper invited singer Christian Zucconi to come along only a week after meeting him in New York City. Bassist Sean Gadd, a Londoner, happened to be at the commune, too.
Greece, we all, you know, we kept in touch. I was worried our relationship was gonna fade summer camp style," Hooper said. and staying with Ryan. We started just as friends playing musc and Ryan was like, 'Let me record some of these songs we're playing together' and that was the EP."
"It was crazy how quickly I felt like it caught on," Hooper said. "There was a buzz going on that none of us were expecting or trying to have. There was just this energy and we were excited."
They didn't consider themselves a band, but the EP reached the ears of Grouplove's future manager, who started promoting the music and encouraged them to keep going.
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Hooper laughed and said, "I don't wanna wake up from this."
Grouplove does sound wildly, insanely happy. Its bouncing, shimmying indie pop is sprinkled with sha la la la's and ecstatic howls. And since selling out the first gig, Grouplove have gone on to sell out Denver's Ogden Theatre and the Fillmore in Hooper's native San Francisco. Whether or not they're all naturally happy people, it sounds like they're feeling pretty good now.
T he truth underlying the name Grouplove would be annoying if the band wasn't so casually sincere about it.
The group dynamic was natural, too. and the music just started to happen.
we were in Greece. We were writing a bunch of happy music and none of us considered ourselves paritcularly happy people, but we were laughing and having a good time. We kick out the negative when we're together," Hooper said. "A song that may seem happy that isn't always a happy song. Or a sad sounding song can be about something happy. A lot of people consider us to be the happiest band of all time, but a lot of the songs start off much darker places."
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The album's title is just a plainly meaningful as the band name, in a sweet, touching way.
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