THE LOUD met through a shared love of modern & 60s psych & garage sounds; think T.Rex scrubbed up via a post-punk facelift, mixed with The Yardbirds, The Monks, The Spencer Davis Group, 13th Floor Elevators, The Beatles, BJTM, Smith Westerns and The Horrors. Following appearances with Black Lips, Echo and The Bunnymen and Iggy Pop this summer, the group will release their debut LP, Harris Shutter, on Liverpool independent Payper Tiger Records.
Lifted from a musical backdrop of the cut-throat 1980s, portrayed through the records of Echo and The Bunnymen, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Wipers and the modern barbiturate, Brooklyn howl of Crystal Stilts and their Texan counterparts The Black Angels, THE LOUD sit straddled by esteemed contemporaries in both history and geography. And in this void, the band have set about carving their unique blend of brutally aware, post-modern psychedelia. A bastardised, undeniably Liverpudlian take on the vibrant scuzz of Dischord’s Make Up or any of the above, THE LOUD are a melodic, raucous addition to the world of vital rock n roll. Pennington Lee (vocals/guitar) and Matthew Freeman (Bass) are lifelong friends and they met Leroy Oxton (drums) at a Brian Jonestown Massacre show in 2006.
Beneath THE LOUD’s swathes of feedback and E.S Posthumus noise lies a melodic core, a voice that’s both tender, sinister and precise; an effective vehicle to raise and tighten the inherent tension of the music; their own interpretation of the dark underbelly of modern youth. A reincarnated, Northern-English Gary Monk, sobered after 22 years of the current British condition.
They sound like an Italian Middleweight; there’s a brutal beauty to their delivery, a responsibility that comes with their position and a respect for their lineage. The music is bold, proud and when it explodes, it does so with artistry, elegance and style. You can hear all of this with their debut full offering, Harris Shutter. Produced by Psychedelic architect Ross Halden (Wild Beasts, Forward Russia), the record has been mastered in Los Angeles by Light In The Attic Records in-house maestro, Dave Cooley (The Black Angels, Serge Gainsbourg). Lead single Amyʼs Gonna Get You is an infectious glam stomp, whilst the likes of Horror Show and, in particular, A Little Taste Of Home show the band’s ability to go that step beyond into the full-on blissed out fuzz of the anthemic.
Already a name within their hometown, The Loud are soon to be a name on the lips of more than just the people of Liverpool. A religious experience live and with just the same energy contained on tape, you’ll find them hard to ignore.
- Amy’s Gonna Get You out on 7” and DL - 20th June
- Harris Shutter out on Deluxe 12”, CD and DL - 22nd August
Forthcoming live dates:
- 3rd July - Chester Racecourse (with Iggy and The Stooges)
- 8th July - Southport Rocks (with The Futureheads)
- 24th July - Gwyl Gardd Goll Festival, Wales (with Echo & The Bunnymen and Gruff Rhys)
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