Sunday night, the West Coast hipper-than-hipsters, Grouplove, took the 9:30 Club’s stage for the first of a three night engagement, and at the risk of sounding like a Grouplovin’ groupie, they KILLED.
If you’ve never heard of Grouplove, do yourself a favor: WAKE TF UP! Not only are the spectacularly cool, as seen in the afore-linked interview, but they make some of the greatest music in the world right now. Their high-energy, borderline-schizophrenic rhythms and bloody amazing drum beats reminded me exactly why I peeled myself out of pajamas and dragged myself through the rainy DC streets to make it to their show: because they literally can do no wrong with a few mics, a couple of instruments and a stage.
At exactly 10 pm, the group took the stage and jumped right into a set which would ultimately include hits like “Shark Attack,” “I’m With You,” “Lucky Cup” and, my personal favorite, a cover of “Drunk in Love” that melted panties and boxers the world over.
What was even more amazing than the heart palpitating-ly heavy drums (I think Ryan Rabin has convinced me to become a drummer) was how much fun the band seemed to have being on stage and just living their dreams. Throughout the show, they exchanged inside jokes (“You don’t know!”) and laughed at each others’ silliness (Remember when Andrew dropped his guitar? Good times.) and made the entire audience feel as though we were somehow included in the delightful monster-mash that is Grouplove.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to see Grouplove this time around, kick yourself, because tickets to their DC show are sold out, but after the kick, arise from your self-induced concussion with a fresh determination to see them the very next time they are playing in a one million mile radius. They are seriously that good. #GrouploveMeCapn