Wednesday, March 10, 2010
I really liked the Shout Out Louds 2005 record Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. Clean and keening Swedish power pop with the quirkiness that Swedish power pop is known for.
I recently heard "Walls," a track from their new record, Work, and much like "Very Loud" from Howl Howl, it's full of pop hooks and a strong backbeat. But "Walls" is heavier somehow, frantic and raring almost, with more of a definitive rock current flowing through it (guitar, pounding piano and so forth). Work's producer, Phil Elk, also did records by The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses, so maybe some of the influence rubbed off.
Give a Listen:
Walls-Shout Out Louds (buy Work)
The band just put out a mini-documentary on the making of Work titled "Shout Out Louds ... at Work," and was irected by the band's bassist, Ted Malmros. (Malmros also directed Peter, Bjorn, and John's 'Young Folks' video.) "Shout Out Louds...at Work" acts as a diary that "provides a deep glimpse into the process that went into the creation of the songs that make up the new studio album."
The Shout Out Louds are doing shows at SXSW 2010, then heading out on tour in May with Freelance Whales.
Shout Out Louds/Freelance Whales May 2010 Tour Dates
02 May: 930 Club, Washington, DC
03 May: First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
05 May: Webster Hall, NYC
06 May: Paradise, Boston, MA
07 May: Cabaret Music Hall, Montreal, Canada
08 May: Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
10 May: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
11 May: Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN
14 May: Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Canada
15 May: Neumos, Seattle, WA
16 May: Doug Fir, Portland, OR
18 May: Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
20, 21 May: El Rey, Los Angeles, CA (21st is sold out)
22 May: House of Blues, San Diego, CA