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GROUPLOVE unites audience at Roadrunner

Michaela Buckley
The pop band GROUPLOVE put on a show-stopping performance at Roadrunner March 29.

Influential indie pop band GROUPLOVE graced Roadrunner’s stage March 29 for the second-to-last show on their “Rock and Roll You Won’t Save Me” Tour. 

Formed in 2009, GROUPLOVE has been a cornerstone for teenagers coming of age, with their nostalgic and elevating sound resonating deeply with listeners. 

Their shimmering opening immediately had the crowd jumping up and down with excitement. 

Following an elegant set by opening artist Bully, the howling in “Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten” served as the perfect opening track, eliciting a passionate response from the crowd. The following tracks included the electrifying “Primetime” and spunky energy of “Deleter.”

The palpable chemistry between lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi radiated as they danced together, captivating the audience with their devoted relationship. 

After a few songs, the endearing couple took a minute to express gratitude to the loyal fans. 

“This is definitely one of the biggest shows,” Hopper said. “I can’t tell you how happy I am to see all you guys here, it’s crazy.” 

The audience adored the creative transitions from track to track, like Hopper’s playful warning for everyone to “Get out of the water,”  leading into the upbeat song, “Shark Attack.” 

Zucconi made sure to let fans know that the band has no desire to quit even after 15 years together, as he title-dropped the next fan favorite “Ways to Go.”

“Thank you guys for continuing to listen to us, it’s been an honor,” Zucooni said. “But we still have a ways to go.” 

The performance included new songs off their latest album released last year, “I Want It All Right Now,” which included “Eyes,” “Hello” and “Cream,” all of which complemented the group’s true-spirited sound. 

The setlist also included some deep cuts for the dedicated fans, including the tranquil song “Girl,” providing a pleasant change of pace for the enthusiastic crowd.

One of GROUPLOVE’s strengths lies in their instrumental talents which enhance each track. Guitarist Andrew Wessen, bassist Daniel Gleason and drummer Ben Homola proved to be powerhouses throughout the entire show.

It’s safe to say their most recognized song from 2011, “Tongue Tied,” uplifted the crowd harmoniously, fostering a beautiful interaction in the pit as everyone danced together.

Hopper introduced the nostalgic track, a song about young love and friendship, encouraging the audience to cherish and create memories with friends.

“It took me a long time to figure this out,” she said. “But you are the only person who can make your art. When we make art, we get to know ourselves better. We get to know the little parts of us that are hidden, and that makes us better people.” 

The song embodies GROUPLOVE’s ability to unite its audience in pure joy, evoking the feeling of an inviting party at a best friend’s house even in a room full of strangers.

The diverse audience at Roadrunner, which spanned from Gen Z to Gen X, exemplify how GROUPLOVE’s feel-good music transcends generations, truly bringing Boston together.

Toward the end, they performed their latest single “Chances,” released in February, giving Hopper the spotlight for this aggressively energetic track, which she embodied powerfully.

For their lively encore, they performed three of their most classic hits that fans knew every word to: “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” “Raspberry” and “Colours.”

Before leaving the stage, Zucconi recognized the audience as a bond that goes beyond just their music. 

“Thank you all so much for being here with us, it means the world to us,” he said. “GROUPLOVE isn’t just this band, it’s everyone in this entire room.”

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Michaela Buckley
Michaela Buckley, Asst. Arts & Entertainment Editor | she/her
Michaela is a sophomore from Braintree, Massachusetts, majoring in print/web journalism. When she's not writing for the Journal, you can find her listening to music, hanging with her cats, reading, or going to the movies. She's a big fan of live concerts, vinyl collecting and dabbling in new hobbies during her free time.

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    DavidApr 4, 2024 at 3:56 pm

    I saw Grouplove couple weeks ago in CBus and they were incredible! Such a joy to attend and feel thier music. Catchy and current. Loose and loud. Love thier honesty, energy and musical mastery! Wish I could see them every month!!!