“I was having a tough time in New York, working shitty jobs and feeling depressed.
This seemed like a good way to get out of that and hang out with Hannah, who’s so cool and made me laugh like no other person I’d met.” Drained by the sleepless journey to Crete, the duo met Wessen on the first day.
Here’s the simple version: Christian Zucconi (guitar, vocals), Hannah Hooper (keyboards, vocals), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Ryan Rabin (drums, producer) and Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals) met at an artist residency in a mountain town on the island of Crete. “I love this story,” says Hannah Hooper, formerly a painter looking to leave New York.
In 2009, she hit it off with Zucconi after seeing him perform in the Lower East Side.
You didn’t have any hesitations toward taking that leap?We wanted to step out of our comfort zone and just take a risk and try working with someone else and Phil is so awesome and we love his records.Seattle is our one of favorite places to visit and play and to live there for three months in the middle of winter was fucking awesome and was a great environment to hole up and make music so it was cool to experience that. I’m going to be the person I am for her which is a good sensitive dude who is always going to be there for her.It’s fun music, but it’s the diversity of the band’s catalog that sets them apart from any contemporaries.Their sophomore album, , which came out this week, puts a point on how truly eclectic Grouplove can be, without ever sacrificing the pop edge that makes the band something of a sure bet to grow into something huge or the childlike enthusiasm that bleeds through the recordings.