GROUPLOVE Makes a Big Beautiful Mess Out of Nashville
GROUPLOVE has continuously released chart-topping songs since their unique start in 2009. The five-piece indie rock group, currently on their Big Mess tour, has been sprinkling their clever lyrics and upbeat rhythms around the world. And it seems the world has noticed.
I’ve been awaiting the perfect opportunity to be able to witness one of their live performances for years since their debut. When presented with the opportunity there was no way I was going to pass it up. Pair that with the fact that I had also been trying to see any show for an excuse to finally witness the charm of The Cannery Ballroom, and the two together were a perfect match.
For those that don’t know, The Cannery Ballroom is a beautiful venue in Nashville. Resembling an old factory, the brick walls and spotty lighting just add to the atmosphere. There is a large bar (with drink prices an actual human can afford) and plenty of room in the whole space for everyone to have a view of the stage, without pushing and shoving, while still able to sing, cry, breathe, and dance.
Dilly Dally was the first to perform. When listening to Dilly Dally in preparation of the show I was sorely disappointed and didn’t understand how they made it on the bill. When they began their performance I realized I had been wrong. Female fronted, the “soft grunge” band brings punk back front and center to its core. It was a great set that seemed to be empowering the crowd that was paying attention.
The female trio, MUNA, was next. The need to prove something drove them to deliver an astounding performance. They were fully basking in their own light. Every member had a huge grin slapped on their face while they played their hearts out, and did not disappoint. For a band that hasn’t release their debut album and had a beginning recording in apartments, they loved every second of what they were doing. They drew in a crowd that seemed only to be interested in the headliner and drew the attention to them.
GROUPLOVE was pre-faced with an MC. For a second I was afraid this was going to bomb and every hope I had for being impressed by the band was about to crash and burn. Thankfully, I was utterly wrong. They came out to a sort of hype, and everyone was ready. Attendees made their way in from the smoking area as fast as they could so they wouldn’t miss it. As soon as they hit the stage Hannah Hooper was making a fashion statement with bright red hair, joined by Christian Zucconi who has now dyed his hair a bright electric blue.
They opened with “I’m With You” and everyone lost it. The amount of energy emanating from the stage and the people in the crowd was intoxicating. Every single person in the crowd, including the bar tenders, were dancing and singing the lyrics to almost every single song throughout the show. They performed several hits from various albums such as “Tongue Tied," “Welcome To Your Life," and “Itchin’ On a Photograph."
In the past, I’ve ended up leaving some shows disappointed in a live performance, but GROUPLOVE brought me on a journey from my high school years to present day. Hopefully, Nashville will draw them back, but I’m not going to miss another opportunity to see their live performance.
Find tickets for the rest of the Big Mess tour here.
Photos by Hannah McDerman for Bullet Music.