Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Bastille, Aurora, Pixx, The Rhythm Method and loads more.
Order a copy
July 2019
Review

Grouplove - Big Mess

Full of loud outbursts and colourful joy.
Grouplove - Big Mess
Published: 10:00 am, September 09, 2016
Full of loud outbursts and colourful joy.

Label: Atlantic
Released: September 9th 2016
Rating: ★★★

Grouplove seem to be the forgotten band of the past 5 or so years. Their anthem-ready Californian indie sound catapulted them onto soundtracks, montages, adverts and everything in-between, with debut album ‘Never Trust A Happy Song’ and follow-up ‘Spreading Rumours’ offering up daring excursions into hip-hop, grunge and electronic pop with mixed success. For third album ‘Big Mess’, they’ve seemed to opt for a more straight-forward approach, going after the universal anthems that the likes of U2 strive for, yet with a rough and ready edge that makes ‘Big Mess’ another enjoyable detour in alternative pop glory.

That platform of hands in the air euphoria vibrates through tracks such as ‘Welcome To Your Life’ and ‘Heart Of Mine’, with frontman Christian Zucconi’s distinctive cry sounding as raw as ever. Instead of attempting to showcase the various bells and whistles that make up their musical influences and styles (as they have done on previous records), ‘Big Mess’ naturally flows from the shimmering dance breaks of ‘Good Morning’, through the choppy electro-stutters and descending breakdowns of ‘Cannonball’ and back again, this is a record that’s sure of itself and finds Grouplove really nailing the alt-pop mantra they promised all those years ago.

Full of loud outbursts and colourful joy, you could do much worse than rounding out your summer with ‘Big Mess’. Jamie Muir

Give all this a try

Bastille are embracing the Doom Days
Cover story

Bastille are embracing the Doom Days

They're back! With a much anticipated new album Bastille are dancing while the world burns.
A new Blossoms track is coming later this week, 'FYI'
Incoming!

A new Blossoms track is coming later this week, 'FYI'

It's called 'Your Girlfriend' and it'll 'prem' on Thursday evening.
Spring King’s Tarek Musa has launched a new solo project, Dead Nature
Listen

Spring King’s Tarek Musa has launched a new solo project, Dead Nature

“These songs explore ideas of loneliness and breaking away from your past," he says.
Lorde has a "third one in the oven", by which she hopefully means 'an album' and not the bread she can now bake
Incoming!

Lorde has a "third one in the oven", by which she hopefully means 'an album' and not the bread she can now bake

As 'Melodrama' turns two, Lorde is giving us a general life update.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing