It’s fun music, but it’s the diversity of the band’s catalog that sets them apart from any contemporaries.Their sophomore album, , which came out this week, puts a point on how truly eclectic Grouplove can be, without ever sacrificing the pop edge that makes the band something of a sure bet to grow into something huge or the childlike enthusiasm that bleeds through the recordings.Grouplove is an indie-pop band with the rapidly-growing following to prove that they have a knack for the pop side.Over the past few years, the Los Angeles quintet has released a series of anthemic singles that feel like pure, infectious escapism.It was love at first sight, and after a whirlwind, 48-hour courtship, the young couple jet off to a mysterious artist commune on the faraway Greek isle of Crete.There, they meet the rest of the Grouplove collective and spend their days on secluded beaches passing guitars and ukuleles, thinking that that summer will never end. While it may sound improbable—and downright infuriating to thousands of struggling songwriters— Zucconi insists the story is true, and is rightfully thankful for his amazingly good fortune. Club: Do you believe in fate, or do you make your own luck?Soon after, his longtime friend from Los Angeles, Ryan Rabin, arrived in Crete, as did London-born Sean Gadd, originally in Greece to visit his best friend, who had also been invited to the artists’ colony.Every Friday, the members of the commune would share their art — Hooper, her paintings, and the guys, their songs which they played on an acoustic guitar they passed around.
In 2009, she hit it off with Zucconi after seeing him perform in the Lower East Side.
We wrote 40-something songs with no like, ‘This is going to be on the album, this one’s not.’ It just all worked really well together.
CZ: Yeah, this was the first time we worked with another producer outside of Ryan and the band producing all in-house you know?
This was the first time we really took a step back and write just for the writing sake with really no end goal in mind.
We all just became stronger writers and more experience together on the road and we became closer.