September 9th, 2016
Grouplove’s third studio album, Big Mess, brings this exciting band back to the front stage of indie rock. It is unlike any of their albums in the past because Big Mess is much more eclectic in sound. It plays more into the realm of pop than it does to the realm of alternative music, a change that was happily accepted by the band’s huge fan base. The songs are much more excited and upbeat, expanding upon the group’s extraordinary colorfulness. This album is inspired partly by two new additions to the Grouplove family: a new bassist, and the two lead singers’ newborn daughter. Their music has developed to reflect this new monumental change in their lives. Songs like “Goodmorning” and “Standing in the Sun” highlight their upbeat rhythms and catchy, repetitive lyrics, which in a way differs from their traditional individualism represented in their earlier songs. While tracks like “Traumatized” stay true to their initial sound, this new album marks a new direction for Grouplove. Although this album has redefined their sound, their old and new music alike still has a place in all of our hearts.