Win Tickets ($89): Grouplove – Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour @ Crystal Ballroom | w/ Bully
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Grouplove – Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour @ Crystal Ballroom on February 29. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed February 26.
From our sponsors:
Rock And Roll You Won’t Save Me Tour
February 29, 2024
Doors 6:30PM, Show 8PM |
More info: crystalballroompdx.com
1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
The latest full-length from GROUPLOVE, I Want It All Right Now begins by shining a bright and cathartic light on one of the deepest tensions of the human psyche. In a moment of unbridled expression emblematic of the Atlanta-based band, the album-opening “All” finds vocalist/guitarist Christian Zucconi listing off a litany of unmet desires, then explodes into a glorious outburst of longing and frustration. “That song is our way of asking, ‘Why do we always want something more than what we have?'” says Zucconi. “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.” Built on a raw but incandescent sound vocalist/keyboardist Hannah Hooper refers to as “resistance pop,” I Want It All Right Now explores that paradox with equal parts tenderness, curiosity, and exacting self-revelation-ultimately arriving at a body of work that leaves the listener newly awakened to the wisdom of their own intuition.
GROUPLOVE’s sixth LP and first release since signing to Glassnote Records, I Want It All Right Now emerged from a period of intense transformation for Hooper and Zucconi, a married couple who are principal songwriters and lead vocalists for the band. “For me this whole journey started with wanting or asking for certain things from the world around me, then slowly turning inward and realizing I needed to pay more attention to what was going on internally,” says Hooper. Largely informed by their experience in raising a daughter with sensory needs, the album’s 11 wildly kaleidoscopic songs document that shift from external searching to radical self-discovery, embedding each track with so much warmly articulated insight. “Our daughter has been our teacher and completely reframed the way we see the world,” says Hooper. “From the get-go our band has been about bringing joy and a sense of safety and inclusion to people’s lives, and now we feel even more of a need to help everyone feel this very powerful love that we believe exists, and that links all of us together.”
Lucky For You is Bully’s most close-to-the-bone album yet. It’s an album that’s searing and unmistakably marked by its creator’s experiences, while still retaining the massive sound that Alicia Bognanno has become known for over the last decade. Her fourth album draws from personal pain and the universal struggle that is existing, learning, and moving on — and it’s all soundtracked by Bognanno’s rock-solid melodic sensibilities and a widescreen sound that’s impossible to pin down when it comes to the textures explored. These ten songs are simply the most irresistible Bognanno’s put to tape yet, making Lucky For You her greatest triumph to date in a career already packed with them.
Work on Lucky For You began last year, when Bognanno brought some in-progress demos to producer J.T. Daly in his Nashville studio to see if they could strike creative kismet. “Authenticity is always on my mind, without even knowing it,” she explains while discussing their recording process together. “If I’m doing something that doesn’t feel natural or right, I’m quick to shut it down. So it was great with J.T., because I could tell he was a genuine fan who wanted to emphasize what’s actually good about my writing instead of changing it. I could tell how much he cared about the project and it meant alot to me.”