Exclusive GRAMMY.com Interview With Grouplove
Los Angeles-based indie rock quintet Grouplove were among the acts performing at a benefit concert for the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools music education programs on Aug. 11 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Prior to the concert, Grouplove participated in an interview, discussing topics such as the band's formation, the importance of mentoring, their support of the GRAMMY Foundation, and the video for "Ways To Go," the debut single from their forthcoming studio album, Spreading Rumours.
"We've done a lot of work over the past few years with the GRAMMY Foundation, helping to create more awareness of … all the great music education outreach they do," said Grouplove drummer Ryan Rabin. "If we would have had that kind of opportunity at our schools, I think we would have [listened].”
Grouplove comprise Rabin, Sean Gadd (bass/vocals), Hannah Hooper (keyboards/vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar/vocals), and Christian Zucconi (vocals/guitar), all of whom met and bonded on the island of Crete in Greece. The quintet released a self-titled six-song EP in January 2011, which was followed by their full-length debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, later that year. The album peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Grouplove are set to release Spreading Rumours on Sept. 17.
Joining Grouplove on the bill for the GRAMMY Foundation's benefit concert on Aug. 11 were singer/songwriter LP and GRAMMY-winning band Phoenix. Grouplove will launch a U.S. tour in support of Spreading Rumours on Sept. 9 in Seattle, with dates scheduled through October. They will begin an Australian tour in January 2014.