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Shout Out Louds @ 9:30 Club (May 7, 2013)

By Will Bruder, May 10th 2013

Photos and words via William Bruder

All had been quiet on Shout Out Louds‘ homefront since mid-2010 when the band announced they would be on hiatus while they rediscovered their sound. So when last November rolled around, and the ‘Blue Ice’ single was released, I could not have been more excited for what was to come. With the single came news of an untitled album, with the news of an untitled album came the known fact of the tour to go along. I knew that I would be at at least one stop.

Let’s fast forward to the tour stop I had been waiting for at the 9:30 Club in Washington,
DC. The band Haerts opened up the show and did an excellent job. The band’s single “Wings” was featured here in October of last year. If you missed it, then make sure to check them out. Haerts came out with a passionate performance that really left an impression on me.

After the Shout Out Louds came on stage it seemed apparent to me that they needed just a little more practice, as a band, on some songs from their latest album, Optica. However, there is a silver lining in there, the band visited their entire catalog and pleased the crowd by doing so. By the end of the show I could tell the band had kicked it into 5th gear and were moving very smoothly. The closing song was “Very Loud” from their first album, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, and by the final verse I had those chills down my spine that I had been longing for.

The encore had a particularly special feeling to it. The band started with “Destroy” from Optica, and then jumped into an incredibly energetic performance of “Walls” from Work. I don’t think that the crowd was ready for the final song which was “Tonight I Have to Leave It” from their sophomore album Our Ill Wills. It was remarkable to watch frontman, Adam Olenius, jump from vocals/guitar, to tambourine, then to a drum, and then back to vocals.

At the end of the song when Olenius shouts “Give love, give love / Why won’t you give love, give love?” he surprised everyone when he jumped into the crowd and closed the show out while being the center of a very, very large group hug. So then there I was, left wanting a double encore when the band expressed that they hope to see DC sooner than the three long years it had been.

Check out photos from both Shout Out Louds/Haerts below.


[new]: Shout Out Louds – Illusions

By Will Oliver, February 12th 2013

Shout Out Louds

“Illusions” is the latest track that Shout Out Louds have shared from new album Optica. It’s vintage Shout Out Louds in every way, bristling hard with clean pop melodies that are a pure delight.

Optica comes out February 26 via Merge.

[new]: Shout Out Louds – Blue Ice

By Will Oliver, November 27th 2012

“Blue Ice” is a new track from Swedish indie-rockers Shout Out Louds. It will appear on a new album that is currently untilted, but due out sometime next February.

Lavish and distinctly set, “Blue Ice” is a lovely ballad set in pace and tone. Strings and calming vocals are at the forefront, with a steady feeling of emotion pacing you along the way.

Merge Records is running a unique promotion for the “Blue Ice” 7″. That’s because it’s made of ice. Yes, ice. There are only 10 copies available, and you can enter to win one of them by emailing your mailing address to [email protected] with “Blue Ice Giveaway” in the subject line.

Check out photos of the unique 7″ below, along with a making of video.

Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix)

By Will Oliver, February 19th 2010 — with 1 comment

I’m not too sure if I am completely in love with this Passion Pit “summertime radio” remix of the Shout Out Louds single “Fall Hard”. It didn’t wow me or anything. Maybe it will do more for you?

[mp3] : Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard (Passion Pit Summertime Radio Remix)

Their new album, Work, is out Merge Records on February 23rd. Watch the video for “Fall Hard” (directed by the band’s bassist, Ted Malmoros & his brother Ted) below:

Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard from Merge Records on Vimeo.

[NEW] Shout Out Louds – 1999 / Fall Hard

By Will Oliver, January 19th 2010 — with 5 comments

Got a quick one for you today. Sorry for the wait for the top 50 songs/top albums of 2009. I have been really busy over the last few days with visiting friends, going to the city for concerts, and spending time with my girlfriend. The blog will kick into full force soon!

The Shout Out Louds are releasing their new album Work on Feb 23rd, and I have two songs that I would like to share with you. The first is album opener 1999, the second is the albums first single “Fall Hard”. Both songs are delightful pieces of pop rock that you shouldn’t be surprised to hear from these Sweedish guys & gals!

Both are clean pieces of pop rock with Belle & Sebastian-like vocals and Phoenix instrumentation. These guys basically tell lo-fi to fuck off while they stick to their clean pop roots. They really know how to write a mean chorus! Gotta love the Swedish pop!

[mp3] : Shout Out Louds – 1999

[mp3] : Shout Out Louds – Fall Hard

You can pre-order Work from Merge right here

Serenades – Oceans

By Will Oliver, November 8th 2011

“Oceans” is some proper Swedish pop from Serenades the duo of Adam Olenius (Shout Out Louds) and Markus Krunegard. There’s just something about Swedish pop that stands out from the rest. Serenades capture the essence of this feeling and hit it out of the park.

It’s a sunny song that is a few months late, but it’s good enough to warm you up through the impending cold. It’s taken from their upcoming debut EP, Come Home, which is out everywhere on November 15 via Cherrytree Records.

Hit the jump for a free mp3 of “Oceans”, as well as it’s summer inspired music video.
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Friday Fresh Bin

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2009 — with 2 comments

There has been a lot of new songs coming out into the web lately. We are pretty much done with 2009 now. Everything that had to come out, has by now. Everyone is working on their best of the year lists, and some blogs have already finished them! To be honest with you, I still got a long way to go in that department! I have a vague idea of what albums I want to include in my lists, but I am not sure about the specifics (how many, or in what order). I am in the same boat for songs. I just can’t get myself to make a finalized decision so early. I use this last month to divulge into everything once more, and come up with a final list at the end of the year. I feel like that is the most “proper” way to do it. That’s just me though!

Friday Fresh Bin is a new feature that I will use to compile the all of the weeks new songs that I was unable to get a post about. It will mostly be “brand new” songs, but I may also throw in some songs that are new to me. This way, I will have a resource to pump out all of my favorite new jams to you guys. It saves me multiple posts, and makes it easier for you to access the goods. Everyone wins!

This Friday’s Fresh Bin features 3 new songs from great artists that are all releasing albums in 2010. Honestly, with the addition of these three artists to the already impressive line up so far, 2010 is going to be one hell of a year!!!

Here’s the rundown:

[mp3] : The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself

Do you remember a buzz band called The Muslims? Well it’s been almost a year since I posted about them changing their name to The Soft Pack to avoid dealing with the controversy that accompanied The Muslims name. Check out a new song called “Answer to Yourself” from the band, and you will understand why these guys are considered one of the best new bands in the game! It has a garage rock sound, which is one of my personal favorite sounds. At the same time, everything sounds clean and emphasized. They struck a balance between lo-fi and clean production, which is tough to do!

They are finally going to release their long, long, long, long (get the point?) awaited debut album on 2/2/2010, so stay tuned. These guys have stepped out of the spotlight with the name change, but I think the time has come for the Soft Pack to hit pretty hard! You can pre-order their LP from insound if you have been waiting as long for their album as I have! If your still undecided, go read up on them and watch them play some songs at their label’s website. It is good to see these boys back!

[mp3] : Ted Leo and The Pharmacists – Even Heroes Have To Die

I don’t like to claim to have known a band for years if I have never listened to them. I feel like so many people claim to know every band out there just to help their credibility. I do have some knowledge about how Ted Leo is, but I have never listened to Ted Leo and The Pharmacists. Until now. The band recently gave their new song “Even Heroes Have To Die” away for free, and how could I pass that up? I am glad I finally listened to Ted Leo because it is well worth it! The first thing I noticed about the song was the fine tuned production, the song sounded so clean! It is a rocking song that has a hint of pop in it. Call me a newly educated fan of Ted Leo! I will be diving into all his albums old and new! It will be off of his new record The Brutalist Bricks, due in stores 3/9. It is his debut on Matador Records, so congrats to you Ted!

[mp3] : Shout Out Louds – Walls

I am not the biggest fan of the Shout Out Louds, but similarly to Ted Leo, I haven’t really devoured too much listening time to them. The only]song that I have by them is the excellent You Are Dreaming.  I am glad that I am though, there new song “Walls” is pop-rock glory. It is no surprise that The Shout Out Louds are from Sweden. Sweden is establishing itself as the home of the best pop/rock bands right now! For comparison’s sake, “Walls” reminded me a lot of The New Pornographers and Peter Bjorn & john! And trust me, that is a very good thing! Time for me to grab their other 2 albums before their 3rd album Work comes out on 2/23!!

Indie Movie Soundtracks

By Will Oliver, September 29th 2008 — with 2 comments

Lately it seems movies have been using some great great music on their soundtracks. Indie seems to have taken over what we hear on the big screen, which is a great thing for the artists. However it is kind of annoying that everyone seems to love ‘Paper Planes’ even though they never would have known it if it wasn’t for the use of it in the ‘Pineapple Express’ trailer. Here are two movies, one is out now, the other is out next week. They are Choke and Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlsit:

Choke Soundtrack:
1. Ben Kweller – “The Rules”
2. The Natural History – “Don’t You Ever” (rare)
3. Fiery Furnaces – “Navy Nurse”
4. Radiohead – “Reckoner”
5. Alap Momin – “Sin Terror”
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – “Satan Said Dance”
7. Buzzcocks – “Orgasm Addict” (rare)
8. Death Cab for Cutie – “No Sunlight”
9. Blitzen Trapper – “Wicked” (unreleased)
10. Ms. Tyree Sugar Jones – “If You Feel It”
11. My Morning Jacket – “Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt 1”
12. Shout Out Louds – “Bicycle” (rare)
13. Twilight Singers – “There’s Been An Accident”
14. Nicole Atkins – “Crystal Ship” (unreleased)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance (MP3)

Radiohead – Reckoner (MP3)

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist Soundtrack:

1. Chris Bell – “Speed of Sound”
2. Devendra Banhart – “Lover”
3. Bishop Allen – “Middle Management”
4. Vampire Weekend – “Ottoman”
5. The Dead 60s – “Riot Radio”
6. Takka Takka – “Fever”
7. The Submarines – “Xavia”
8. We Are Scientists – “After Hours”
9. Band Of Horses – “Our Swords”
10. Army Navy – “Silvery Sleds”
11. Richard Hawley – “Baby You’re My Light”
12. Shout Out Louds – “Very Loud”
13. Paul Tiernan – “How To Say Goodbye”
14. The Real Tuesday Weld – “Last Words”
15. Mark Mothersbaugh – “Nick & Norah’s Theme”

Vampire Weekend – Ottoman (MP3)

Bishop Allen – Middle Management (MP3)

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