Grouplove give fans the concert of their dreams for 10th anniversary of “Never Trust a Happy Song” at Hollywood Palladium

Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward

Grouplove gave a wild and frantic celebration of their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song, punctuating the already emotional night with a reunion of past band members. Led by the ever ardent and fantastically fun Chris Zucconi and Hannah Hooper, a duo that gives voice to all the earnest allure that jumps from the band’s surf-rock ethos and danceable-ragers. Backed by Andrew Wessen (guitars, vocals), Daniel Gleason (bass), and Benjamin Homola (drums), Grouplove was in top form as they blew through the nostalgia-saturated songs off their first album. Whether it was album opener “Itchin’ on a Photograph” or the bittersweet anthemics of “Colours,” the crowd within the Hollywood Palladium was eager to join the band on their walk down memory lane. 

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There was even a surprise appearance of former Grouplove members Sean Gadd to wail on “Chloe” and Ryan Rubin, who jumped in mid-album on “Spun” to play drums. And everything, from the much-anticipated roar of the chorus on “Tongue Tied” to the double whammy of heartstring-tugging that comes with the album’s two final tracks, ensured that Grouplove gave fans the euphoric album concert of their dreams. 

Words & Photos: Steven Ward

Fans watching Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Fans watching Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
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Fans watching Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward
Fans watching Grouplove at the Hollywood Palladium by Steven Ward