Album Reviews

Grouplove – I Want It All Right Now

(Glassnote) UK release date: 7 July 2023


If you’re looking for a band who know how to pack a big punch of positive energy, you can’t go far wrong with these Los Angelinos

Grouplove - I Want It All Right Now Grouplove are now six albums into their career since the release of their breakthrough record Never Trust A Happy Song in 2011. It was a bit of a misnomer when it comes to album titles, as happy songs are what this band specialise in – big, energetic, boisterous indie-pop to jump around to is what they do best.

I Want It All Right Now is very recognisable a Grouplove album right from the off. All is the perfect introduction to the band for the uninitiated: an instantly uplifting indie anthem with married couple Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi swapping vocals.

Hello does more of the same, but even more effectively, a plea for connection in a post-pandemic world. The song’s protagonist is “constantly numb, ‘cos nobody sees you through”, and the simple act of chatting to someone over a coffee makes him “finally come into view”. It may be sentimental, but it’s the sort of sentiment sorely needed in today’s world, especially welded to a song so enormous it could easily fill up a stadium.

Admittedly, there isn’t too much new on I Want It All Right Now, and if you’re already familiar with Grouplove’s oeuvre, then there won’t be too many surprises contained here. That’s not to say there’s no deviation from the standard Grouplove template – Cream is a relaxing, brooding number that has more than a few hints of Wolf Alice‘s more mellow moments.

Yet it’s also a reminder that they do what they do very well – over a decade later, songs like Colours and Tongue Tied still sound full of life and energy – and they certainly know how to write a big chorus. Cheese almost roars out of the speaker, and nods towards prime-era Pixies with its swaggering bassline and crashing guitars, while Billie is a more contemplative number, with Hannah Hooper taking centre-stage on the chorus, while Zucconi sings the verses.

What’s impressive about I Want It All Right Now is the energy that Grouplove have always displayed as a live band seems properly harnessed on record – the frantic rush of Climb, featuring some superlative drum work from Benjamin Homola, or the steadily building anthemic swoon of Tryin’ would quite easily sound at home in either sweaty clubs or packed out arenas.

So while there may not be too much new on offer on I Want It All Right Now, that barely matters, as it’s another example of what they do very well. They’re probably still best experienced as a live act, but if you’re looking for a band who know how to pack a big punch of positive energy, you can’t go far wrong with Grouplove.


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