Grouplove – Terminal 5 – November 2, 2012
Last week was harrowing for New Yorkers, having to endure flooding, massive power outages and loss, all thanks to Hurricane Sandy. But as the city slowly came back to life, Grouplove’s set at Terminal 5 on Friday night was one of the first events to really help some normalcy return to a torn city.
The crowd stirred loudly with shared tales of survival, but when bassist Sean Gadd appeared onstage, everyone there was instantly matching the hand claps he used to start “Itchin’ on a Photograph.” From that point on, the Los Angeles indie-rockers were in control with their lush blend of vocals, hook-filled songs and stomp-around-the-stage antics. Their diverse set started with bouncier tracks like “Lovely Cup” and “Love Will Save Your Soul,” but as the crowd loosened up, the band grew rowdier by the end with “Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten” and “Slow.”
Grouplove returned for the encore, sitting at the stage’s edge before hushing the audience and performing a beautiful version of “Cruel and Beautiful” without the aid of any microphones or plugs—a fitting way to end the week, giving fans a few hours to forget their woes and have fun again. —Sean O’Kane