The alt-hitmaking band Grouplove's been covering Beyonce's “Drunk in Love” on their most recent tour, so when they saw the diva sitting backstage at last week's Coachella festival, they knew they had to make a move.
“[Guitarist] Andrew [Wesson] is the most fearless, unintimidating personality to everyone, so we always make him approach people,” said drummer Ryan Rabin outside the band's trailer immediately following their killer weekend two set. “He [approached her first,] then [frontman] Christian Zucconi and I creep up once it's clear she's cool with the conversation and the bodyguards aren't freaking out. She's like, 'Aw man, I gotta look that up, so cool you did that.' I was like, 'It was my idea! via my girlfriend!' [Beyonce said,] 'Your girlfriend's my GIRL.' I told my girlfriend that and she melted.”
It was a major highlight of a year already full of them: the Southern California band's second album, “Spreading Rumours,” was released in September, and its first single, the catchy, electro-pop “Ways to Go,” hit #2 on the alternative charts. “I think the beast that was Lorde's 'Royals' kept us from #1,” says manager Nicky Berger, of Berger Management. “I'm OK with that.”