We caught up with lead singer and keyboardist Hannah Hooper to talk about the new record, what it’s like to be in the one indie band signed to a major label that doesn’t seem to have anything resembling an image, and painting the album artwork for the band.I normally don’t like asking a question that bands get asked all the time, but you guys meeting in Crête is a little too interesting."I think that’s a lot of the reason that I look crazy sometimes." Since the L. What’s the one piece in your closet you can never part with? A.-based indie rock band’s formation in 2009, Hooper has not only helped craft its lush, anthemic sound (including hits such as 2011's "Colours" and "Tongue Tied") but has also emerged as a fashion force, delivering high-octane performances in her signature curve-hugging bodysuits. I think that being a little bit of a tomboy and being able to be a woman through that is really attractive. Although they hail from different corners of the world, the five members of the Los Angeles rock band were brought together by their love for music — and for one another.Love is a word that comes up a lot when trying to describe the band’s six-degrees-of-separation origin story and its anthemic, high-energy sound.He was like, “I’m gonna come and buy a painting from you” and I was stoked because I needed to pay rent.And he came by and was like, “Whoa I didn’t realize your work was so big.
Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi, two of its founding members, had a child together.
“I was having a tough time in New York, working shitty jobs and feeling depressed.
This seemed like a good way to get out of that and hang out with Hannah, who’s so cool and made me laugh like no other person I’d met.” Drained by the sleepless journey to Crete, the duo met Wessen on the first day.
Soon after, his longtime friend from Los Angeles, Ryan Rabin, arrived in Crete, as did London-born Sean Gadd, originally in Greece to visit his best friend, who had also been invited to the artists’ colony.
Every Friday, the members of the commune would share their art — Hooper, her paintings, and the guys, their songs which they played on an acoustic guitar they passed around.