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Rock and Roll Won’t Save You but GROUPLOVE Might

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Grouplove, the indie pop powerhouse that has been captivating audiences since its formation in 2009, has a rich musical journey that has evolved over the years. The band’s inception saw the release of their self-titled debut EP in 2010, featuring six tracks that hinted at the unique sound and energy they would become known for. The following year, in 2011, they dropped their debut album, “Never Trust A Happy Song,” marking the beginning of a remarkable career.

One of Grouplove’s breakthrough moments came with the inclusion of their song “Tongue Tied” in an episode of Glee, propelling them up the Billboard charts. The track has since amassed an impressive 871 million streams on Spotify, showcasing the band’s enduring popularity. The success of “Tongue Tied” is just one chapter in the ongoing story of Grouplove’s impact on the music scene.

Fast forward to the present, and Grouplove is embarking on their “Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour,” which includes twenty-one shows across the United States, concluding on March 30th in New York. The House of Blues in Anaheim played host to the band’s electrifying performance, marking the fifth stop on their tour. For those unable to catch them on this tour run, Grouplove is also set to perform at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 14th in Tennessee.

Attending a Grouplove concert is not just about the music; it’s a journey into the vibrant world they create on stage. As I made my way to the photo pit, the anticipation among fellow photographers mirrored the excitement of the crowd, with fans eagerly discussing their favorite songs and predicting the band members’ stage attire. Despite a rainy Wednesday night, the turnout was impressive, a testament to the band’s dedicated fan base. The House of Blues in Anaheim served as a backdrop for a night that was not only musically thrilling but visually stunning.

GROUPLOVE Rock and Roll Tour

The concert kicked off with the opening chords of “Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten,” setting the tone for an iconic adventure that would unfold over the next hour and a half. The stage came alive as the members walked out, capturing the audience’s attention. The mutual agreement among concert-goers to let loose and embrace the music created an atmosphere of shared excitement.

GROUPLOVE Rock and Roll Tour

Grouplove’s setlist showcased the eras of their discography, seamlessly transitioning between fan favorites and tracks from their latest album, “I Want It All Right Now.” From the indie-pop anthems like “Ways to Go ” to the introspective balladry of “Cruel and Beautiful World,” the band demonstrated the diversity of their musical style.

During the concert, Grouplove took a break from the energetic performance to connect with the audience on a personal level. Hannah Hooper, lead vocalist, shared stories about the inspiration behind certain songs, creating an intimate connection between the performers and the crowd. It was during these moments that Grouplove revealed themselves not just as entertainers but as storytellers, sharing their journey with a captivated audience.

GROUPLOVE Rock and Roll Tour

Reflecting on the experience, I couldn’t help but think about my middle school self. The young teenager who played Grouplove tracks on repeat, daydreaming of attending their concerts, never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the possibility of photographing such an event. The realization struck me amidst the flashing lights and roaring cheers—this was more than just a concert. Each photograph became a memento of a night that, had my middle school self known about it, would have been met with disbelief and awe. The essence of Grouplove’s music, which resonated with my young self, was now being visually documented by the present-day me, creating a bridge between the past and the present. The vibrant lights, the enthusiastic crowd, and the sheer enthusiasm of the performers created a synergy that translated beautifully into photographs.

GROUPLOVE Rock and Roll Tour
GROUPLOVE Rock and Roll Tour

So, if you find yourself debating whether to attend a Grouplove concert, the advice is simple: don’t overthink it. Grab a ticket, immerse yourself in the music, and let Grouplove be the soundtrack to your next main character moment. It’s a decision you won’t regret, as Grouplove continues to prove why they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of indie pop.

Show Date: 03.06.24 // Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues // Indie Pop Powerhouse GROUPLOVE – Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour
Photos & words by Abigail Zamora

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Hi everyone, my name is Abigail. I am concert photographer from Southern California! I love attending concerts, traveling, and reading a good book! So excited to connect with you.

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