Indie rockers Grouplove bring friendship and fun to Live @ Veishea

Maggie Mcginity

Grouplove, an indie rock outfit based out of Los Angeles, will perform immediately before headliner B.o.B. at the Live @ Veishea concert Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Grouplove released their first album, “Never Trust a Happy Song,” through Canvasback/Atlantic Records in September 2011. Three singles from this album saw success.

Their first single, “Colours,” peaked at No. 12 on USA TODAY’s alternative chart and was featured in many sports-related¬†video games. Their second single, “Tongue Tied,” reached No. 42 on the U.S. charts, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart and sold more than one million singles in the U.S. Their third single, “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” went to top 10 at Modern Rock radio.

“Tongue Tied” came into the mainstream’s eye when it was featured on an iPod Touch commercial. This attention won Grouplove live performance appearances on Conan, Late Night and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Grouplove has been touring since their formation in 2010. That same year, they toured with Florence and the Machine. In 2012 they headlined their own tour and opened for No Doubt in a few concerts during November 2012, according to Grouplove’s official website.

According to Grouplove’s biography on the band’s official Facebook page, Grouplove began with an extraordinary meeting one year before its official formation. Hannah Hooper, singer and keyboardist, met Christian Zucconi, singer and guitarist, one night on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The two instantly connected. So much so, that Hooper, who had been invited to an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete, invited Zucconi to come to Greece with her.

“We had only known one another for a few days, but are both so inspired and alive when we are together that going to Greece seemed like a magical and natural thing to do,” Zucconi is quoted as saying on the group’s Facebook page.

On Crete, Hooper and Zucconi met the musicians who would become the rest of Grouplove: Sean Gadd, a London-bred songwriter and bassist, Andrew Wessen, a professional surfer and musician from Los Angeles and Wessen’s childhood friend, Ryan Rabin, drummer and producer.

After the summer residency ended, the group pooled their funds and brought Hooper, Zucconi and Gadd to Los Angeles to record with Wessen and Rabin in Rabin’s studio.

“We all understood how rare it is for five strangers to feel as close as family and create passionate music together. We couldn’t just return to Brooklyn and let the music we all made fade into a memory of that summer we had in Greece,” Zucconi shared on Grouplove’s Facebook page.

Hooper’s artwork, which originally brought Grouplove together through her residency in Greece, now serves the band in a different way. Hooper draws and paints all of the group’s album and single covers, images on promotional materials and images used in the band’s website.

Grouplove recorded their self-titled EP in 2010 and have been sharing their music with the world ever since. They site life as their main musical influence and say on their Facebook page that they are “bonded together by an undeniably creative kinship.”