Christian Zucconi - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Hannah Hooper - Vocals
Andrew Weesen - Guitar
Ryan Rabin - Drums
Sean Gadd - Bass
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Check out another local favorite, Cold War Kids, playing the Penthouse earlier this year:
Grouplove just emailed us more pics from the road. Check them out!
Hannah tagged "Grouplove" at the venue in Boston, balloons in NYC, Ryan with our cases at the airport in San Fran, and Christian and Hannah on the balcony in Seattle!
Our resident this month, Grouplove, sent in a few pics from the road!
Andrew, Sean, and Christian at a random cafe in Portland:
Ryan picking up doughnuts at Voodoo Dougnuts, also in Portland:
987: What's the best live show you've ever seen?
Christian: Really difficult to say what the best show I've ever been to was, but when I was younger I was blown away by Sunny Day Real Estate's Irving Plaza (NYC) show when they were touring on "How It Feels To Be Something On". The energy and performance of the band and that room that night was fucking exhilarating.
987: What's your favorite band shirt that you own?
Christian: Unfortunately I lost all the band shirts I owned but I like wearing Hannah's vintage Bruce Springsteen paper thin grey tour shirt every so often.
987: What does it mean to be part of the local scene in LA and what are some of your favorite local bands?
Christian: Coming from New York, where the music scene seemed very insular and competitive, LA has been just the opposite - welcoming and friendly, overall. And it feels awesome to be part of an LA movement which has been growing and evolving the last year or so, from what I can see. Some of my local favorite bands are Family of The Year, Alex Walker, Warpaint, The Morning Benders (not necessarily local but here as of late), and Superhumanoids.
Christian Zucconi late one evening on the lower east side of Manhattan. They had both been living in New York for years and had never crossed paths before. But from that night forward the two could hardly be pulled apart. Soon after their connection Hooper was invited to an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete and Hooper insists "without any hesitation" she invited Zucconi to join her on this journey. "Seriously, 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" recalls Zucconi.
On Crete, in a small remote mountain village, Hooper and Zucconi met the members of their future band "GROUPLOVE" a year before it was officially formed. Sean Gadd, a natural songwriter and guitar player, born and bred in London instantly bonded with the two eccentric New Yorkers. Their relationship became apparent through the music they were making day in and day out. Andrew Wessen, a pro surfer and musician from Los Angeles and his childhood friend Ryan Rabin, an accomplished drummer and producer, were also at the residency and quickly joined in with the musical trio. These five musicians make up the members of what we now know as GROUPLOVE.
Like all good things, the summer and the residency came to an end and the five friends scattered back to their homes all over the globe. With Sean in London, Christian and Hannah in Brooklyn and Ryan and Andrew in Los Angeles GROUPLOVE was faced with the challenge of what to do now. "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," explains Zucconi. Everyone pulled their funds together and Sean, Christian and Hannah made their way to Ryan Rabin's studio in LA to record their album. "We seriously had the best time of our lives doing that record", says Zucconi. And the result is an incredibly special album where soaring harmonies coupled with sweeping anthems lead you through their powerful journey. Like the members of GROUPLOVE, their music is diverse in influence and style but bonded together by an undeniably creative kinship.
Their experience back together and recording together was so potent that Hooper and Zucconi packed up their lives in Brooklyn and moved to LA to live and play their music.
Listen to Grouplove host the 987 online stream all month long! When you listen online, instead of getting commercials, you get more new music. Check out some of the songs you'll hear this month:
She Wants Revenge "Must Be The One"
Rome (Danger Mouse w/ Jack White) "Two Against One"
Funeral Party "Finale"
Face to Face "It's Not All About You"
Cake "Long Time"
Lykke Li "Get Some"
Vampire Weekend "White Sky"
Saint Motel "Puzzle Pieces"
Manchester Orchestra "April Fool "
Bad Religion "Wrong Way Kids"
The Vaccines "Post Break-Up Sex"
Flogging Molly "Don't Shut Em Down"
Neon Trees "Your Surrender"
Unwritten Law "Sing"
Foo Fighters "Walk"
Cold War Kids "Skip the Charades"
Cage The Elepahnt "Arpund My Head"
Givers "Up Up Up"
Social D "Gimme The Sweet Lowdown"
The Strokes "Taken For a Fool"
Ida Maria "Bad Karma"
Rise Against "Make It Stop"
Mumford and Sons "Roll Away Your Stone"
The Limousines "Internet Killed the Radio Star"
987 is proud to announce another addition to the 2011 Artist in Residence Program. We're spoiled living in LA these days. The scene is really thriving... Even better is the community that is built around it. Great tastemakers at local venues have been supporting the scene with free shows, repetition, and really putting their name behind a band to support a month long residency.
At 987, we wanted to build on the residency concept and support a new band each month. However, instead of playing a show every week, we're going to give you the opportunity to hear songs and interviews and watch exclusive videos. We're also going to tie the band into all of the music features on 987FM, whether it be co-hosting our New Music Show, guest DJing our commercial free stream, online chats, or exposing them to other Rockaholics via social media.
Our sixth 2011 resident artist is LA's GROUPLOVE! Check in here throughout the month for exclusive content with the band. For noW, here is the official video for "Colours."