Grouplove Brings The Energy To Close Out Movin’ On
Alternative rock band Grouplove brought a lot of surprises to the 2019 Movin’ On stage when it closed out this year’s festival Friday night. The crowd got to hear new music and see the band perform as a seven-piece band instead of the usual six-piece arrangement.
“We were just like, ‘fuck it, we’re gonna bring in more people,'” lead singer Hannah Hooper told the crowd.
The group carried that casual, fun attitude throughout its set, which seemed to rub off on the crowd. To begin, the band jumped around and played older songs like “Itchin’ On A Photograph” and “Shark Attack” which really set the tone for some of its bigger hits to come.
As the band played new songs like “Deadline,” Hooper told the crowd that State College reminded her of the time she spent in San Fransisco.
“It feels a lot like this,” she said. “It’s green, it’s beautiful, and the youth is here.”
In the middle of its set, the band played what everyone evidently came to see. Hooper told the crowd to grab their best friends for the main event: “Tongue Tied,” the group’s Billboard Hot 100 hit from 2011. For most of the crowd, this seemed to be the highlight of Grouplove’s set, because after jumping and dancing around with the band, the IM Fields drastically cleared out afterward.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the set was the covers that the group included. They played “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys which almost sounded identical to the original record. Following this cover, they played “Space Oddity” by David Bowie which again, was strikingly similar to the original track and pleased the crowd.
Before the group went back to playing their own songs to finish out their set, they expressed how much they had enjoyed being in our little college town and to finish out their visit, they want the full college experience.
“We want to wake up in someone’s dorm, feeling like shit, and you guys taking us to the best brunch spot,” Hooper said, “We want the full experience.”
The feeling like shit part is a given for the last Saturday morning of the semester, but did anyone see Hannah Hooper at Waffle Shop or in line for Belgian waffles at Findlay Commons this morning?
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Killens previously officiated in the American Athletic Conference and the former Alliance of American Football.
Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s have made Arts Fest 2019 a glorious weekend in Happy Valley.
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