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Will Arnett

Grouplove can't help but smile

Grouplove can't help but smile

If it weren't for some spontaneous decision making, the Los Angeles alternative rock band Grouplove might not exist.

“We never thought we'd all get together and form a band,” guitarist and lead singer Christian Zucconi said on the phone last week from Cincinnati, a recent tour stop.

Zucconi met Grouplove vocalist and keyboard player Hannah Hooper in 2008 when the two were both “struggling in New York and trying to make it,” he said. They immediately hit it off, and when Hooper asked Zucconi to join her for an experimental artist residency on the Greek island of Crete, he took a chance and accepted the invitation.

During their time in Crete, Zucconi and Hooper...