In town on the second stop of an eleven city tour, L.A. based Grouplove will be playing two shows in Portland September 11 and 12 as part of The Seasaw Tour. The tour will feature two-night stands with the first night being an electric set; the second will be stripped down acoustic set. Venues will vary from playing a number of intimate settings including legendary clubs, historic sites, and obscure or rarely used venues. The electric set is scheduled at the Star Theater and the acoustic set at the Alberta Rose Theater. Both shows are sold out.
While not all band’s tours make it to the Northwest, Grouplove has remained dedicated to regular visits and performances for their loyal Northwest fans in Portland and Seattle. The Seesaw Tour starts in Seattle September 9. Having played Portland three time in six months in 2012, the band returned at the end of year to be one of the headliners for 94/7 FM KNRK popular December to Remember concert series.
The Seesaw Tour will showcase the release of Grouplove’s highly anticipated new album, Spreading Rumors, to be released September 17. The first song to hit the charts has been the infectious Ways To Go which is currently number 4 on the US Billboards Alternative Songs chart. The track’s companion music video, directed by Cameron Duddy, is a satirical look at North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un as a happier adolescent and version of himself. With over 1.7 million views on YouTube already, the video playfully captures the bands natural exuberance they give in their live performances. If you weren’t able to get tickets to the Portland shows you will be able to see Grouplove will perform Ways To Go on Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 19.
In addition to their musical achievements on record, Grouplove has created a series of animated video shorts featuring audio snippets from each album track from the new album. The videos were created by NYC-based animation studio Ace & Son, and are based on original artwork by the band’s own Hannah Hooper.
Having formed in 2009, Grouplove is lead by frontman Christian Zucconi on vocals and guitar, frontwoman Hannah Hooper on vocals and keys, bassist-singer Sean Gadd, guritarist-singer Andrew Wessen, and drummer/producer Ryan Rabin (son of YES guitarist, solo artist, and film composer, Trevor Rabin) Grouplove has received critical acclaim for engaging high energy live shows as headliners and at music festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands to name a few as well as international shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Glastonbury.
With the release of Never Trust A Happy Song in 2011, produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin, put the band on the Alternative music map chart three singles in the top 15, Colours, Tongue Tied, and Itchin’ On A Photograph, of US Billboards Alternative Songs, including the platinum certification and success of Tongue Tied in 2012, making it the second most-played song of 2012, following only Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know.
Although both shows are sold-out, one can be hopeful they'll return in December one more time and make it another December to remember. Opening for Grouplove will be The Rubens.