Grouplove @ The Roseland Theater 10.13.16
Written by J-Bøp on October 14, 2016
On October 13, Grouplove performed to a sold out show at Portland’s Roseland Theater with support from MUNA and Dilly Dally. If you weren’t able to get tickets, you missed one of the best shows I have been to this year. Grouplove will be back at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom with support from Wild Ones for 94.7’s December to Remember concert series. The show is on December 7, tickets are $37, and you can get them here.
In short, I was completely blown away by Grouplove’s performance. This was my first time seeing the band live, and I hadn’t listened to them very much in the past. I knew a few of the older singles, and gave their latest album Big Mess a few listens (and enjoyed it a lot), but was actually a bigger fan of their opener MUNA before last night’s show. After the performance they gave last night, my opinion of this band has completely changed and I left the Roseland a huge fan. Since that night, I’ve been listening to their music on repeat, and plan to do so up to when I see them a second time in December.
This by far was the hardest show I have ever shot, the energy this group brings is incredible. Grouplove gets introduced to the stage and right off the start they’re all running, jumping, and dancing around the stage. And they were like this the entire concert. This group’s stage presence was awe striking and inspiring. You can clearly tell this band is genuinely having a great time on stage and this is what they love to do, and it reflects on the crowd as well. Everyone in the theater was dancing and jumping along to the music; I could actually feel the floor shaking as I was shooting from the photo pit. Everything was flawless, Grouplove’s instruments and voices sounded amazing (it felt like I was listening to the final studio, mastered songs). That, along with unbelievable lights and their addicting stage presence, resulted in a show that leaves a lasting impression and desire for more.
My personal favorite part of the show was the first song of the encore: Enlighten Me. Enlighten Me was the final single Grouplove released for Big Mess, and a song I fell in love with instantly. Hearing the song live was magical. After the band had left the stage, Christian came out alone with an acoustic guitar to start the encore. Christian performs almost the entire song under basic lighting on his guitar, until near the end where the song picks up. The full band comes out and joins him, and the lights once again become an unbelievable spectacle. All in all, Grouplove was an unforgettable experience that left me blown away.
Grouplove was supported by MUNA, and I personally think they chose the perfect support act. I’ve been a huge fan of MUNA since their first single “Winterbreak” hit Spotify/Hype Machine, and their debut The Loudspeaker EP is by far my favorite EP released this year. They resonated well with the crowd, and gave them an amazing performance. MUNA performed songs off the EP, and we were treated to a couple unreleased songs. From beginning to end, openers to main act, this night was truly captivating. MUNA won’t be there to open for Grouplove in December, but it’s nonetheless a concert you don’t want to miss. Grouplove will undoubtedly put on another great show, and I promise it will sell out like this one. Get your tickets early, Big Mess is a masterpiece and Grouplove is something special.
Written by KPSU’s Joe Hernandez