Concerts Concerts Toronto Shows Its Love for Grouplove

Toronto Shows Its Love for Grouplove

Grouplove at Wrongbar
Grouplove
Wrongbar in Toronto, ON
May 9, 2012

Review by: Chad Hutchings
Photos by: Pete Nema

Last week, the American indie-rock act came together with fans to make good on their name.

Grouplove

Grouplove's latest trip to our city was a sweaty mess of a time. Twenty feet from the doors, the floor was a happy mob, with fans standing with breasts pressed against backs in a crowd so tight that the night started off feeling more like a Japanese rush-hour subway ride than a busy Toronto bar. Of course, the low lights and cold drinks kept the vibe fresh and spirits high, even after a thirty minute wait past the band's set time.

As it turned out, the wait was worth it. This sentiment wasn't all my own, though, and the crowd showed it with crazy cheers and dancing from the moment the group began with "Lovely Cup" — the perfect fun track to help burn off the pent-up party that had grown during the wait. That isn't to say that the excitement toned down quick; the audience, full of huge fans and happy people, was all energy through the whole set (a wonderful trend showing its face these days at shows in a city that was once known to be too cool to dance).

It certainly helped that the band was throwing a party of their own on-stage; female vocalist and keyboardist Hannah Hooper wore an unshakable smile from ear to ear for the entire set, even while belting out taxing tracks like "Love Will Save Your Soul." She wasn't the only member who was beaming, though; with just two studio releases to their name, Grouplove is new to success, and the amazement was written all over their faces. And, though it was easy to see that the artists were overjoyed by the love from the sweaty crowd, their excitement didn't make them slack on the skillful performance of the work that drew everyone there in the first place. Music from the group's first EP wasn't missing from the set-list, but the real killers of the night came from the act's latest release, Never Trust A Happy Song, with tracks like the iPod-peddling "Tongue Tied" keeping the floor dancing like a crazy music video. Of course, for anyone standing shoulder to shoulder in that sweaty crowd and being blasted by the kind of high-energy show that Grouplove brought to Wrongbar last week, dancing would have been a hard thing to resist.

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