Sunday, August 24, 2014


Thursday night, August 21, 2014, the wife and I went to Red Rocks to see Grouplove and others, part of the Honda Civic Tour. I liked the warm up band, something like STRFKR, I loved Grouplove (the reason I went), while the headliner (Huh???) Portugal, The Man was OK, but was nothing memorable with one song merging into the other. Portugal, The Man seems to have more of a cult fan base/following, many of the people in attendance coming to see them, many t-shirts with their name printed on them.  Waiting in line to buy a drink I met a young couple who were "following" Portugal, The Man, having been to several shows of theirs recently. I told them about my trip to NYC last weekend to see Echo and The Bunnymen. They were excited about that because they had a band they were following and I had a band that I was following. It's not the bands or their music, but the fact we share something in common, "following" and supporting a band motivated by the music we respectively like.

We got there early and found seats right next to the sound booth in general admission. A light rain fell part of the evening, but we were comfortably prepared for that possibility. All those drops of rain lit up in the stage lights looks a lot worse than it really was. My feet were sore the following day at having danced around for much of the evening, especially the hour or so Grouplove was on stage. We got home and were in bed just before 1 AM. I shot some video of the show (see below), but in the middle of a favorite song of mine I turned it off, determined to enjoy the moment and not watch it through a camera screen over my head, not wanting to be little more than a tripod.

From Reverb:

The synthpop act Grouplove, who hail from Los Angeles, brought energy and dance to the rock formations of Morrison’s pride. They were able to get the crowd dancing and swaying their electronic hippie-offspring beats and personable stage personas. Singer Hannah Hooper brought her game to the rocks in the sky, summoning a feeling of togetherness, not just among the band, but with the entire audience. Between her near-rapping and mega-positive interactions with the crowd and her bandmates, she introduced a persona everyone seemed to latch onto.

“This crowd could not be more amazing,” said vocalist and guitarist Christian Zucconi. “This is a dream.” More pop-centric songs like “Tongue Tied,” the popular radio dance track, made an interesting distinction in contrast to the slower, more classic-rock-like songs such as “Slow.”

The song brought out a somewhat unexpected breakdown and guitar solo, followed by the catchy, albeit grammatically incorrect chant, “Time moves slow.” From there a drum-only sequence led to a Radiohead-esque space expedition, which felt reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s more reverberated works.

To break through the “Borderlines and Aliens” dance-pop trend, but to keep with the best-of-covers precedent, the band teamed up with some Portugal. The Man members to finish with an encore of “Teenage Wasteland.”

Read it all, with pictures,  here:

Download the audio from the show here:

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