Group Hug

You can trust these indie-popsters—their songs will make you happy

Since playing at the Book & Stage last November, Grouplove has been performing to ever-bigger crowds. With the success of their 2011 debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, came prime slots at major festivals (such as Coachella and Bonnaroo), and appearances on late-night television (including the Late Show With David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live). This time around the L.A.-based indie-rockers return to Vegas to play a larger venue and close out the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Social Club concert series. Vegas Seven caught up with lead singer Christian Zucconi during a rare break from the road.

What’s been happening since you last played Vegas?

It’s just been quite surreal and real exciting—just a lot of fun and hard to believe it’s happening. We’ve been so busy running around and doing all the shows, and sometimes you don’t realize what’s going on. It’s hard to appreciate it.

What are your expectations for this tour?

The expectations for us are the same: have fun and enjoy what we are doing. And [to] be honest, we’re playing music—every time we come back to a city we jump up a club size, and you can see the touring is working.

Everyone sings vocals on your album. How do you collaborate?

Whoever sings the song pretty much wrote the blueprint of the song. … You think it’s finished. And then all of a sudden someone else in the band has this great idea to change up the speed or rearrange it. And [it] kind of morphs and it comes out on the other side, and it’s a Grouplove song with everyone’s collaboration.

What was your reaction when you found out the Cosmopolitan was bringing you back to play on a bigger stage?

We were psyched because when we first played Book & Stage that was just kind of a fun and new experience. I had never been to Vegas; I’d never even been to a casino before. So that was interesting—to take it in, check it out. After the show we had always just hoped that we could come back there and do it again but in a bigger room.

Will you be breaking out any new material at the show?

For sure. We’re coming back through most of the markets we’ve been through and want to give back to the fans who’ve supported us. We’ll drop at least two new songs that we’re thinking about for the next record.

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