Ever wanted to listen to the same kind of music as your favourite characters on TV? Now is your chance.
Step into the shoes of Carrie Bradshaw and listen to the music she would most likely be bopping her head to on her train ride into the big city. Although a lot of this music didn’t exist in young Carrie Bradshaw’s time, she would probably be a fan of Robyn and The Scissor Sisters.
Grouplove fatefully met at an artists’ commune in Crete about four years ago and ever since then, Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Andrew Wessen, Ryan Rabin, and Sean Gadd stayed close friends, recording music together. ANDPOP’s Azra Kassam spoke with drummer Ryan Rabin over the phone from Toronto about the band’s relationship with each other, the inspiration for their first album and life on the road. Here are a five things you may not know about Grouplove…
The band was originally going to have a different name
Rabin said the band was originally going to call themselves ‘Group’ because back in Crete, their friends all referred to their tight group of five as ‘The Group.’ After realizing ‘Group’ wasn’t a very marketable name, the band decided on Grouplove. “Grouplove just kind of encompasses us,” Rabin said. “We really do love each other and are true friends first before the music.”
The title of their first album, Never Trust a Happy Song, is actually a quote by bassist Sean Gadd
The band was hanging out one day when Gadd made a joke about never trusting a happy song. “As we actually started making the album, that phrase just kept resurfacing and kept coming up and started to gain more and more meaning as we continued to record the album,” Rabin said. “It’s about that sort of subjectivity in music and how a happy song can be extremely nostalgic and sad for one person and extremely joyous for another and it can also change meaning over time.”
Grouplove are huge fans of No Doubt
Rabin was so excited talking about opening for No Doubt later this month, he could hardly form sentences. “Oh my god…I’m a southern California guy so we’ve been fans of theirs for so long,” he said excitedly. “I can’t even – I’ve been to so many of their shows when I was younger… They’re one of the biggest bands in the world and it’s amazing to think we’re going to be able to play alongside them! It’s really something special for all of us.”
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Sometimes we interview bands who shock us. Surprisingly, not all musician’s personalities reflect the sound of their music. It leaves you wondering, where did this music come from? Then there are bands like GROUPLOVE. From the moment we met these lovely people, it was obvious that their personalities are definitely present in the music. So this interview was relatively flawless, even if they were running on very little sleep. Follow @andPOP for new episodes of Making Waves every week!