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GROUPLOVE, performing at WFNX's Seaport Six, Boston Bank of America Pavilion, Jun 14 2012.jpg
Grouplove, performing at WFNX's Seaport Six, Boston Bank of America Pavilion, June 14, 2012
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Alternative rock, indie pop, indietronica, alternative dance
Years active 2009–present
Labels Canvasback/Atlantic
Members Hannah Hooper
Christian Zucconi
Ryan Rabin
Andrew Wessen
Sean Gadd

Grouplove (also typeset as GROUPLOVE) is a US-based band that formed in 2009 by Hannah Hooper (vocals, keys), Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), and Ryan Rabin (drums).

Ryan Rabin produced their debut EP which was originally released independently, and was later re-released by Canvasback/Atlantic with a bonus track and their hit song, "Colours". Their debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, was also produced by Rabin and was released worldwide on September 13, 2011.[1]


Formation (2009–2013)[edit]

Grouplove formed out of a friendship between the five members of the band. Hooper met Zucconi on the Lower East Side of Manhattan after hearing and enjoying his music. Despite having just met, Hooper invited Zucconi to an artist residency in Crete she was leaving for later that week.[2] It was at this retreat where they met the rest of the band, Andrew Wessen, Ryan Rabin and Sean Gadd. Rabin, an accomplished drummer and producer, grew up in Los Angeles with Wessen, a surfer and guitarist. Rabin comes from a musical family - his father is Trevor Rabin, former guitarist of Yes. Sean Gadd, a songwriter and guitarist from London, was also at the commune. The friendship between the members formed quickly, but the band did not form until a year later after Gadd, Zucconi and Hooper pooled their funds together and made a trip to Rabin's Los Angeles recording studio. They played their first show at El Cid in Los Angeles on May 10, 2010. Later that year, the band went on tour with Florence and The Machine on the west coast, and then Joy Formidable on the east coast. By November, Nylon Magazine recognized Grouplove as one of the top ten in the "Best New Bands in 2010."[3]

After signing with Canvasback/Atlantic Records, the band re-released their self-titled EP, Grouplove, on January 25, 2011. In 2011, the band co-headlined a cross-country tour with Foster The People, and made appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury.[4] The band has established themselves as a formidable live act, touring nearly non-stop over the past two years. Recently the group sold out the Wiltern in Los Angeles and Terminal 5 in NYC.

Never Trust a Happy Song and Spreading Rumours (2011–present)[edit]

The band released its debut album, Never Trust a Happy Song, on September 13, 2011 through Canvasback/Atlantic Records. In support of their debut album, the band went on a headlining North American Fall tour and also performed with Two Door Cinema Club as their main support.[5] In December, the band performed at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, which takes place at the Gibson Amphitheatre, in Universal City.[6] On January 3, 2012 the band kicked off their sold-out headline tour in Australia at the Factory Theatre in Sydney and continued their tour in Europe in February. The band began their US Spring 2012 tour on March 6 in Burlington, VT in support of Young The Giant.[5] Throughout the sold-out headline tour the band had featured stops at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Sasquatch! Music Festival, and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.[7]

Grouplove kicked off their Close Your Eyes and Count to Tour Tour on September 25, 2012 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon,[8] traveling across the country with Alt-J and MS MR as support. Close Your Eyes and Count to Tour Tour ended on November 17, 2012 at the Wiltern in Los Angeles, California.

On Apr 20, 2013, Grouplove released a "Make It To Me" in collaboration with Manchester Orchestra.

On September 17, 2013, Grouplove's second album, Spreading Rumours, was released.[9] That same day, Grouplove played a sold out show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood with supporting Australian band, The Rubens.[10]

In late 2013, Grouplove started touring with Dan Gleeson. This was temporary and was to allow Sean Gadd to do other work. Although rumors went around he left the band, he came back on twitter saying that he was still part of Grouplove.

In 2014, Grouplove released I'm With You, a short form tour documentary about the band. The documentary featured performances from the New York Seesaw Tour shows and a digital album of six songs is set for release by Atlantic.[11]

Chart success[edit]

Grouplove's first single, "Colours", reached number 12 on Modern Rock charts. It was also featured in Madden NFL 12, FIFA 12, and MLB 2K12. The song was also offered as a free download on iTunes for the week beginning September 12, 2011.[12]

In November 2011, the band’s second single "Tongue Tied" appeared in an iPod Touch commercial.[13] The song steadily grew in popularity, and, after 26 consecutive weeks on the Modern Rock radio chart, hit #1 in June 2012.[14] "Tongue Tied" has been RIAA certified Platinum and sold over 1,000,000 singles to date in the US, and has gone gold in Australia and Canada too.[15] "Tongue Tied" was also used and performed by the cast of Fox's Glee in a May episode of the series, and also featured in a Coca-Cola advertisement. It also appears in the Gameloft racing game GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience.

In the voting for Australia's Hottest 100 presented by Triple J, "Tongue Tied" was voted #16th best song of 2012.[16]

The third single off of Never Trust a Happy Song, "Itchin' on a Photograph" went to top 10 at Modern Rock radio.[17] "Itchin' on a Photograph" was featured on the NASCAR The Game: Inside Line soundtrack.[18]

Current members[edit]

  • Christian Zucconi – vocals, guitars
  • Hannah Hooper – vocals, keyboards
  • Andrew Wessen – guitars, vocals
  • Sean Gadd - bass, vocals
  • Ryan Rabin – drums, other
  • Daniel Gleason-bass

Grouplove works with the Manchester Orchestra from time to time. They usually share concerts or share members if one is not available


Studio albums[edit]



Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2011 "Colours" 15 29 45 Never Trust a Happy Song
"Tongue Tied" 42 23 19 1 3 33 90 10 84
2012 "Itchin' on a Photograph" 10 30
2013 "Ways to Go" 120 2 18 60
Spreading Rumours
2014 "Shark Attack" 20

Television appearances[edit]

Grouplove has made several television appearances.

Television appearances[citation needed]
Date Show
February 1, 2011 The Daily Habit
May 11, 2011 Last Call with Carson Daly
September 21, 2011 Conan
November 18, 2011 Late Show with David Letterman
January 17, 2012 Jimmy Kimmel Live!
June 19, 2012 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
July 9, 2012 The Today Show
August 7, 2012 Conan
November 29, 2012 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
June 18, 2013 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno


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