The Bowery Ballroom
GROUPLOVE

GROUPLOVE

Young Man

Wed, September 14, 2011

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$13 advance / $15 day of show

This event is 18 and over

GROUPLOVE
GROUPLOVE
Since forming in 2009, LA-based indie band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. By the time they released their 2011 debut full length, Never Trust A Happy Song (Canvasback Music/Atlantic), Grouplove was already a standout at music festivals around the world, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Reading & Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury. Produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin, Never Trust A Happy Song featured their debut single “Colours.” Hailed by SPIN as “one of the most infectious songs you’re bound to hear,” the song climbed to the top 15 at Alternative radio and continues to be a fan favorite. Their follow-up single “Tongue Tied” garnered even greater success, going to #1 and earning platinum certification, with sales exceeding one million. Grouplove’s raucous live show brought surging crowds to their Coachella and Bonnaroo performances and back-to-back sold out headlining tours. By the end of 2012, “Tongue Tied” was Alternative radio’s second most played song (following only Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”). The band has brought their undeniable energy to national television with appearances on shows including “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” and “Today.”

Grouplove’s second full length album, Spreading Rumours, arrives September 17. The highly anticipated collection’s lead single “Ways To Go” is currently #12 on the Alternative radio charts and climbing. A fall headlining tour will also include a stop at the Austin City Limits music festival.

Grouplove is: Christian Zucconi (vocals, guitar), Hannah Hooper (vocals, keys), Sean Gadd (bass, vocals), Andrew Wessen (guitar, vocals), Ryan Rabin (drums).
Young Man
Young Man
Young Man’s Colin Caulfield On…Young Man
> It materialized during my sophomore year of college. I wasn't very interested in playing coffee shops or smaller venues. Instead, I spent my time recording. > I was a bedroom musician from the very start, I guess. > Boy used the perspective of a kid to get out some of my immature/naive ideas. There's an element of hindsight in there, but it was just meant as an introduction.
> When I got to college and couldn’t bring my drums, I picked up piano and got a guitar. I always liked playing drums, but it became apparent that I'd be primarily interested in writing songs. > I drummed in some half-baked blues bands, some woefully overambitious prog-rock projects, and a surf-punk band. Once college started, I wrote Americana tunes with one of my oldest friends. Those songs will definitely see the light of day, but nothing else was ever released.

> The idea of being “self-taught” is increasingly vague with the Internet. I can get in-depth vocal lessons for free on YouTube, so to say I learned everything on my own is kind of inauthentic. > A lot of people get surprised when I mention Rufus Wainwright as a huge influence. Also: Wolfgang Voigt, the Fiery Furnaces, the Cinematic Orchestra, Destroyer, Nobuo Uematsu, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Owen Pallett. > Being an English major had a big impact on Young Man. I make records as though they're papers, a collection of cohesive parts that presents an argument.

> I’m not too interested in forcing my problems on people; making them sit through 40 minutes of whining. > Everyone falls in love and deals with distance in their own way, whether it's literal or figurative. The goal was to create something people could draw their own interpretations from—some death of the modern author shit.
> Because the mixing process was so in depth and drawn out, the songs changed a ton over time. Most people would laugh if they heard the unmixed versions.
> There are moments when the album is much more effective on a nice set of speakers—when you can really feel the song change—but the subtleties and samples were definitely intended for headphones. > I decided to take on music full-time over a year ago now, so finishing school was more or less an obstacle, rather than an impetus, for a career path. > I was planning on moving to New York, but realized there wasn't really a feasible way of doing so with all the projects I had going on. I had this vision of being really depressed in a completely new city; not having any free time to explore and meet people. Luckily, I moved into an awesome house in a very different neighborhood. I realize now that I hadn't really experienced Chicago while I was in school. > All the songs lead up to “Felt,” a 10-minute piece that reprises and elaborates upon everything that has come before it. I think that's the best song on the record, but a lot of that has to do with having an understanding of what precedes it. > I'm actually in the studio with a full band working on the first of those two studio records and we're hoping to record the next in a couple months. If I have it my way, the two additional records will come out within a year of Ideas of Distance. > I didn’t always nail my papers, but I feel like I tried something different every time. The same applies to my music.
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/