Shout Out Louds – Relentless Garage, Islington 22/09/10

September 23, 2010 by  

Shout Out Louds returned to one of the Swedish groups favourite stomping grounds, London. They were welcomed by a throng of adoring fans, who knew all the words and all the right places to pump their fists. On the evidence of tonight’s show it was easy to see why.

After a subdued set by London based Air Castles (poor vocals, two guys with a guitar and a laptop making all the right drum noises etc. – having said that, fine enough tunes) the room needed to be woken up, and Shout Out Louds were ready to wake us.

Kicking off with one of their biggest songs ‘Hurry Up Lets Go’ the whole room was alive to the sprightly indie/Swede-pop stomper from their début album ‘Howl Howl Gaff Gaff’.

The warmth shown for their familiar songs more than made up for the quite lukewarm reception to the newer, lesser known numbers. This reception is possibly because these new tracks are from their yet to be released album ‘Work’, and judging by the relentless bashing of a cow bell in one particular song, the energy and performance levels alone should make things different next time around.

However, It was a rousing rendition of The Cure-like sprawling number ‘Impossible’ or indeed the other Cure-esque ‘Tonight I Have To Leave It’ – both hits from ‘Our Ill Wills’ -  that were the perfect tonic and bridge to what proceeded.

‘The Comeback’ ended a sweaty, jumping set for the relatively small venue. What made tonight work was the bands’ balance of new and old. Crowd pleasers and crowd teasers were a joy, and their tight set was made that little bit more special by one of the oldest tricks in the book – percussion (because everyone likes a maraca and a cowbell).

A welcome encore culminated in a stage invasion for ‘Please Please Please’, and then they were done. Not a particularly short set but it flew by with joy and energy from the band and fans alike.

There was a lot of hype when the band originally burst onto the scene, and based on tonight’s show you can’t but wonder why they haven’t become bigger than the cult status they hold. Whether or not they want to may be answered when ‘Work’ is released,  but this night at the very least poses the question.


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