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Band is feeling the Grouplove thanks to early success

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With its single "Tongue Tied" featured in an Apple iPod touch commercial, the members of Grouplove are learning to do the opposite of the title of its debut album -- "Never Trust a Happy Song."

"It's really growing, man, which is cool," says singer-guitarist Christian Zucconi. "The kids are coming out. We've sold out some cool shows in markets we've never been to, which is a lot of fun. And just stepping upon stage with a production, having lights and things we've never done before, is turning out to be really exciting for us.

"So it's just been good and seems to keep getting better."

And that's not a bad thing for a band that formed by happenstance, in an artist's commune in Crete where Zucconi and singer-keyboardist Hannah Hooper met Grouplove's other three members.

"Everyone was at their own crossroads, creatively and artistically, and we came out of that with a need to create together again," Zucconi, 27, remembers. "So a year later we all got back together again; Sean (Gadd, Grouplove's bassist) came over from London to visit me and Hannah in Brooklyn, and we made our way out to California just to get the whole group back together again.

"We didn't really have any clue what we were doing. There was no process about what we were going for or what style we wanted to have. But we did some recording, just for fun, and it became its own thing. Nothing felt forced or contrived, which is the best part of this."

Grouplove and Reptar perform Friday, May 11, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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