Soul Sisters was grateful to steal some time with Grouplove frontwoman Hannah Hooper a day before the band's new album Big Mess was released earlier this month, just hours after their early morning performance on The Today Show, which itself came just hours after their appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Needless to say, Hooper was a bit tired -- especially considering that she and bandmate Christian Zucconi also have a baby in tow.
"It looks like my suitcase is a garbage can," she jokes. "We also have a one year-old child with us."
On this episode Hooper describes how having a baby didn't squash her creativity so much as it condensed it ("I’ve been more creative since I had a child," she explains. "I think I feel things in more specific time frames. Like when she takes a nap") and what the band adds to the initially "sad" music she and Zucconi tend to write together ("When we bring it to the band, once you add drums and bass, there’s an energy that’s kind of anthemic and the music takes on a whole new thing.")
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Now that Grouplove is back to touring the world after a hiatus spent birthing an album and a child, Hooper couldn't sound happier to have the gang back together. "They are my best friends," she says of fellow Grouplove-ers Sean Gadd, Andrew Wessen and Ryan Rabin, "and as much as I fight it, we’re kind of each other’s everything.”
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