6 Songs, 28 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in conjunction with a documentary of the same name that depicts the idiosyncratic origins of the Brooklyn quintet, I'm with You collects songs from Grouplove's Seesaw tour, during which the band alternated between acoustic and electric sets. While Grouplove came to prominence as one of a handful of bands (fun., Neon Trees) whose naked exuberance was matched only by the kaleidoscopic nature of their sound, these tracks reveal a band whose influences go deeper than contemporary alt-pop. "Colours" shows a clear debt to the jerking rhythms and vocal theatrics of Modest Mouse, and the plodding bassline and raspy yelping of singer Christian Zucconi on "Raspberry" sound nicked from the Pixies playbook. Yet Grouplove's polyphonic spree is their own singular achievement; the euphoria is contagious, especially on the title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in conjunction with a documentary of the same name that depicts the idiosyncratic origins of the Brooklyn quintet, I'm with You collects songs from Grouplove's Seesaw tour, during which the band alternated between acoustic and electric sets. While Grouplove came to prominence as one of a handful of bands (fun., Neon Trees) whose naked exuberance was matched only by the kaleidoscopic nature of their sound, these tracks reveal a band whose influences go deeper than contemporary alt-pop. "Colours" shows a clear debt to the jerking rhythms and vocal theatrics of Modest Mouse, and the plodding bassline and raspy yelping of singer Christian Zucconi on "Raspberry" sound nicked from the Pixies playbook. Yet Grouplove's polyphonic spree is their own singular achievement; the euphoria is contagious, especially on the title track.

TITLE TIME
5:36
4:21
5:26
3:20
4:03
5:52

About Grouplove

Standing firmly on the middle ground between the quirky staccato attack of Modest Mouse and the spirited arena-ready roar of Arcade Fire, Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit Grouplove came to fruition in the late 2000s around the talents of Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin, and Andrew Wessen. New Yorkers Hooper and Zucconi, through sheer kismet, forged a friendship with the latter three members while attending an art residency in Greece on the island of Crete. Before returning to their myriad homelands, the future quintet members began hashing out plans to meet up again and put some of the music they had been working on to tape, resulting in whirlwind trips to Rabin's Los Angeles studio, where the five friends decided to make their relationship official. Grouplove's eponymous debut EP was released by Canvasback in 2010. While touring alongside Florence + the Machine early the following year, Grouplove managed to finalize plans for their debut full-length album, Never Trust a Happy Song, which appeared later that fall. They returned with their second full-length album, Spreading Rumours, in 2013. The following year, Gadd left the band and was replaced by bassist Dan Gleason. Grouplove's song "No Drama Queen" was included on the soundtrack to the 2015 film Paper Towns. In 2016, they released their third studio album, Big Mess, featuring the single "Welcome to Your Life." Following their own world tour, Grouplove hit the road in support of Imagine Dragons in early 2017, releasing an EP, Little Mess, in May of that year. ~ James Christopher Monger

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