GROUPLOVE release their brand new John Congleton-produced album, I Want It All Right Now, just ahead of their stadium and arena tour with pop superstar, P!nk.
Los Angeles' GROUPLOVE blend a quirky, '90s-style indie rock sensibility with a spirited, arena-ready roar, a sound they debuted on 2011's Never Trust A Happy Song, which spawned the number one Billboard Alternative Chart hit "Tongue Tied." They have continued to straddle mainstream and indie success, playing festivals around the world, and remaining Top 20 Billboard Alternative chart regulars with albums like 2013's Spreading Rumours, 2020's Healer, and 2021’s surprise fifth album, This Is This.
Of the first song released from the album, “Hello,” the band says: “[It] was the last song we recorded on the last day of tracking the album in Los Angeles. It’s ironic that it is the first song to be released from the album. It almost never happened. We had started another song that just wasn’t feeling right and John Congleton asked us if we had anything else and we pulled out an idea that we had been working on. It’s funny because it feels so lighthearted, like a sing-along, but if you listen it’s all about feeling lost and alone and wanting so badly for people to look up and connect. Hannah had this idea for the video and surrounding photos where the entire band would be in a five person tuxedo. We had done something similar for Never Trust A Happy Song with a five person t-shirt but we wanted to try something a bit more formal and elegant. The suit is symbolic of what it is like to be in a band, joyful and inspired at times but trapped and challenged at other times. The song and video really display the rollercoaster of emotions of life. We hope people will be inspired by the song to find deep connection with friends, family, art, music rather than be stifled by technology and social media.”
Breaking down some album tracks further, the band explains, “‘All’ is our way of asking, ‘Why do we always want something more than what we have?’. So many of us are stuck in this perpetual cycle of seeking some type of validation or fulfillment from the outside world, when it’s very possible that everything we need already exists within us. ‘All’ (short for I Want It All Right Now) is the title track and kicks off the album because musically and lyrically we felt like it best represented where we were going thematically and musically. Like most everyone, the pandemic left us wondering what are we doing, where are we heading, what impact do we want to have as humans. The process of writing this album helped give us more clarity on the answers to those questions. But, it is a daily struggle that we may never solve. But there is also hope in this song. We can land in a beautiful place surrounded by love and acceptance. But we all must put the work in. We struggle with the push and pull of wanting to achieve success as artists but also being the best husband/wife and father/mother. This song and video are a an up close look at our journey over the last few years.”
And then there’s “Francine,” which the band says “is a feel-good summer jam… Is it summer yet? It started as a vibey drum loop that Ben, our drummer, came up with. Everything in life is so temporary, so go out and be whoever you are right now - And while you’re at it, pick flowers with Francine if you’re lucky enough to know her."
That’s a great message we can all learn something from… everything in life is so temporary, so go out and be whoever you are right now.