Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trust Some Happy Songs



Indie rock has certainly come in different shapes and sizes since its inception. Starting with a grungier sound, showing spurts of darkness and angst, followed by popular emo phases, some atmospheric trance and consistent demonstrations of garage rock and uppity Brit-rock throughout - it really is hard to say exactly why, aside from bands picking from past trends, certain sounds clump together throughout the years to set the standard for what the scene will commonly decide is "indie"-sounding at any given time.

Over time, with the ongoing popularity of bands like The Strokes, The Dandy Warhols and Arctic Monkeys - we've heard a lot of sunny and melodic garage rock storm the scene, rightfully so. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The Kooks followed suit with whiny and spastic vocals that dance alongside the fluorescent rock beats; a sound that continues to be the happier contrast in what can be a very, very moody genre.

This sound is one I've always favoured, which is why with the September release of Grouplove's neon and kiddish album Never Trust A Happy Song, the world got just a tiny bit brighter. Dueling vocals between Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi orchestrate the youthful rock ditties which have names that sound just as playful as the sounds within them ("Colours", "Naked Kids", "Cruel and Beautiful Worlds", and "Close Your Eyes and Count To Ten", to name a few). Zucconi's happy-go-lucky screaching and sometimes mindless lyrics are all fine and well - but it can't be denied that the band knows how to use their instruments also; tossing them together underneath their jovial harmonies to deliver undeniable catchiness on each track.

Check them out, if you need to lighten up your Tuesday.





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