Here at The 405, we've been fans of Grouplove ever since we first heard the opening bars of 'Colours'. Following on from that, we saw the tremendous video to that aforementioned song and then fell in love with the rest of that debut EP - especially 'Don't Say Oh Well'. The Los Angeles-based band have also embarked on a number of high-profile festival appearances and an extensive touring schedule that has seen them play in places often seen as off the beaten track. The five piece unveil the magnificently-titled Never Trust A Happy Song, their first full-length album.

Opening with the handclap introduction to 'Itchin On A Photograph', this is as fine an introduction to the band's joyous world as you'll get. With the instruments crashing in and the harmonies flying around, it certainly sounds like a happy song. Following up is recent single 'Tongue Tied', a song that harks back to the best in upbeat 80s pop, but with a youthful and nostalgic feel and a nod towards the best in Britpop: "Take me to your best friend's house", it's also the first time that Hannah Hooper takes on some lead vocals, and works perfectly in harmony with her beau, lead singer Christian Zucconi. The bassline at the beginning of live favourite 'Lovely Cup' has an element of Talking Heads about it, and this continues as the song builds to it's repeated climactic ending of "You're such a lovely cup, why don't you fill me up?"

'Colours' completes an extremely strong opening of the album, but the first dip comes with 'Slow' - where the band take a delve into a harsher and more experimental sound, but it sadly doesn't quite come off. A feature of the album is how the vocals are spread between band members, 'Spun' is guitarist Andrew Wesson's moment in the spotlight and has a Springsteen-esque feel to start with. This is never a bad thing. Very much a DIY band, the album was produced by drummer Ryan Rabin, and the artwork was created by Hannah. Bass player Sean Gadd gets to sing on the garage rock-led 'Chloe'. This song seems to have split fans of the band, but the chanting countdown and addictive 70s English punk rock melodies are hard not to fall for.

'Love Will Save Your Soul' has some fine backing vocals and the catchy hooks that are clearly the band's trademarks. With such an eye for melody, the band are destined for a breakthrough into the mainstream very soon. But the closing couplet of the more downbeat 'Cruel and Beautiful World' and 'Close Your Eyes And Count To Ten' sadly don't give the album the blissful and upbeat ending that the majority of what had come before hinted at. Perhaps a sign of a band that had raised expectations too early? With the incredible moments far outweighing these lesser parts, it has to be said that although you might not be able to trust a happy song, you can certainly trust the majority of Grouplove's songs.