The story of Grouplove is like something straight out of the ’60s. The band members met at an artist commune on the Greek island of Crete. All struggling to pay their bills with their various forms of art, they each stumbled upon the right people at the right time. Eventually they found themselves living in a basement in Crete, able to focus on art instead of working to pay rent. All the details of Grouplove’s first moments together are told by the fivesome in I’m With You, a recent 45-minute documentary about the band.
The film came on the heels of the release of the band’s sophomore album, last fall’s Spreading Rumours.
Capitalizing on the happy success of the group’s 2011 debut, Never Trust a Happy Song, Spreading Rumours is as effervescent as ever. Full of summer anthems, Grouplove’s ragamuffins have found perfection in ’90s tinged Rock, jubilant Pop and random Hip Hop breakdowns, unleashing every joule of pent up energy in the process.
Even unplugged, the liveliness in Grouplove’s music isn’t lost. The band occasionally steps back from the electronics and shares its songs as they were originally written — acoustically. The band recently held a contest where lucky fans could win a trip to New York City to see the band perform one of its intimate acoustic showcases.If you didn’t win the trip, don’t let it bring you down. Grouplove’s Cincinnati show promises to be just as entertaining.
GROUPLOVE plays Bogart's on Thursday, March 20. Tickets/more info here.