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Take me to your best friend’s house, 10 years later: Grouplove reflects on a decade of ‘Never Trust a Happy Song’

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It was 10 years ago that Grouplove first wanted us to take them to our best friend’s house.

The band’s 2011 debut album Never Trust a Happy Song celebrated its first decade last month. Speaking with ABC Audio, vocalist Hannah Hooper describes the record as “Five people coming into becoming young adults, writing ridiculous music.”

“Catchy, emotional, whatever,” she says.

Never Trust spawned Grouplove’s biggest hit, the triple-Platinum “Tongue Tied.” In 2020, the song had a resurgence on TikTok amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

As for why that song continues to be so popular — perhaps the instantly hummable “Take me to your best friend’s house” chorus felt particularly relevant during a time no one could leave their homes — the Grouplove members themselves aren’t sure. But, they did know it was something special from the beginning.

Vocalist Christian Zucconi recalls he was in the middle of scoring a “really morose film” when the bright melody for “Tongue Tied” seemingly “spawned itself.”

“We were living in this back house in L.A., and all these kids lived in the front house,” Zucconi recalls. “It was late and everyone was hanging out, and I was, like, ‘Yo, check this out.’ And everyone immediately was, like, ‘Yo, play that again!’ We listened to it, like, 10 times in a row.”

Immediately, the “best friend” line came to Hooper’s mind, and she started singing it over the demo. However, Zucconi wasn’t on board with it at first.

“Christian was, like, ‘Hell no, we’re not saying that!'” Hooper laughs. “Literally, that’s what happened. He was, like, ‘Definitely not saying that.’ I couldn’t think of anything else.”

Eventually, though, Zucconi relented.

“It’s that push-and-pull sometimes that makes magic,” Hooper says.

Grouplove will celebrate Never Trust‘s 10th anniversary with a Los Angeles show November 19.

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