Grouplove Kicks Off Their “Seesaw Tour” in Seattle

 

Grouplove

Grouplove

Grouplove is no stranger to Seattle.  Over the course of the night, their second Seattle show of the “Seesaw Tour” at The Triple Door, they had made remarks about how much love they have for our city.  Apparently singer Hannah is constantly making remarks to her band mates about wanting to move up here, and co-singer/guitarist Christian had mentioned to us how Seattle was the first city they had performed in outside of LA, “so it’s become a bit of a home away from home.”  It only seemed natural to begin their tour 3 years later back at The Crocodile in the Emerald City.

“The Seesaw Tour” is a brilliantly unique idea featuring two consecutive nights in each city of their tour; the first night being heavier with an electric set and the second being stripped down with a lighter-toned acoustic set (although still plugged in).  They have chosen all relatively small and intimate venues; some iconic, some obscure, but all of them (combined with their playful personalities) making you feel like they are hanging out in your living room dancing around in their underwear.  I could see I wasn’t the only one who felt this way when I looked across the candlelit room and saw a sea of bobbing heads with huge smiles on their faces and random shout-outs from the crowd participating in the band’s between-song banter.

Grouplove

Grouplove

Hannah was especially interactive in her wildly adorable and somehow-still-sultry way throughout the night, one time telling us after they performed a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You in the End,”:“That’s why we don’t do covers.  We just skipped the second verse of that song.  That’s why we stick to our own songs.” To which one of the guys commented, “you probably shouldn’t tell them that Hannah.” She continued “But I wanna share…I want us to be like this…” as she hugged the air.

You know those people that may not always be around, but when they are…when you are face to face…they make you feel like the most important people in their world?  That’s Grouplove… at least to Seattle.  They played songs that they had never performed before, dedicated songs to people they had met the night before at the Crocodile, called us their ‘home away from home’, gave a list of the great things that came from Seattle and reminded us that this venue was the only place in the world where we could get their new (hadn’t been released yet, but is now) album, “Spreading Rumors.”

I’ve seen Grouplove perform at the mainstage and in an acoustic session in a tent at Sasquatch 2012, at the Moore Theater with Alt-J, and now at the Triple Door.  Every experience and performance had a different feel; however, the one thing I can say about them is that every performance was done with an incredibly energetic passion, a creativity most bands lack and the dynamic between them onstage makes you want to be a part of their group.

All in all it was an incredible evening.  The openers they chose to bring along are The Rubens, an Australian band who is gradually making a name for themselves in the States, most notably with the song “Lay It Down.”  They are a group of 5 guys whom,  the lovely lady sitting next to me at the show can be quoted saying, are “dreamy.”  They did a great job setting the vibe for Grouplove with their relaxed performance kicked back on some stools and telling us that it “sucks for us if they were (Grouplove) schmucks.  Thankfully, they’re not.  That would make for a pretty shitty tour.”  I’m sure they will enjoy the tour, as I can’t see anyone NOT getting along with the kids of Grouplove.

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