March 22nd, 2014
Murat Egyptian Room
For a band that gained its popularity through the clean, tidy world of Apple (an Apple commercial being a great way to break through in the past decade), Grouplove is refreshingly ragged. While they may have a real bubble-gum pop sensibility, the L.A. band is rooted in early 90’s grunge and indie rock, not hiding their ove of Nirvana, Pixies, and Modest Mouse. The band cancels out that aggression with its fun-loving hippie spirit, making for a formula made for Millennials to love. I caught the band with my brother Alex in Indianapolis last weekend, and was pleasantly surprised with the band’s chemistry and energy.
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For our next chapter in our end of the year lists, we thought we would list some of the new artists that have surfaced over the past year and caught our eyes, ears, and our hearts in the process. In order to qualify for this list, each artist has had to have released their debut LP within the 2011 year. Artists that released EP in previous years were still considered in the list, as long as the first LP came out this year. Unfortunately, artists like tUnE-yArDs do not qualify, because although she wasn’t actually discovered/or hit the music scene really until this year, she has had a full length album floating around since 2009. Nor did we included groups that contained former artists, or supergroups (ie Rome, Shabazz Palaces). Anyways, you get the picture.
On with the list:
Past Life Martyred Saints
The North Dakota noise rocker came into 2011 with a BANG!. She has been dropping tracks since she hit the scene and her album was phenomenal. It was dark, edgy, and honest. The lyrics are among the best I’ve heard in quite some time.
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Never Trust a Happy Song
It has been just over one month since Grouplove released there debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, and finally, I am on board. The 2010 self-titled EP was given to me a while ago, but every once in a while, in these modern times of unyielding amounts of music coming at you in every direction, an EP or an album can get overlooked on an iPod that is flooded with a plethora of other new music, whether or not that music is more or less superior. Luckily NPR, as per usual (just to avoid any political offenses, I am referring to NPR Music. I don’t want to make a whole “thing” out of this) … as I was saying, NPR, as per usual had my back and prompted a quick listen to Grouplove when they were featured on their wonderful Tiny Desk Concerts podcast. They had also written a little blip about Grouplove, mentioning comparisons between lead singer Christian Zucconi and Kurt Cobain. No more time was wasted from here. I immediately immersed myself in Grouplove. And no, that last statement was not a Tobias Funke quote, it’s just what happened dammit. After watching the ‘cast, I quickly flipped on that EP, then immediately got my hands on the very album I am writing about today, the aptly named, Never Trust a Happy Song.
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