In their two many years as a band, the Swedish quintet the Shout Out Louds have perfected a blend of soaring pop melodies with haunting, melancholy undertones. And yes, there is something specially Swedish about that.
“I consider every single Swedish band has some ABBA in them someplace,” singer/guitarist Adam Olenius stated this week. “They have all individuals melodies, but there’s a little something bittersweet in them — I generally liked that. If you glimpse at this band, we’re not a depressing bunch. But I have normally been drawn to the melancholy I’m sure that came straight to me when I started off writing music and the band obtained jointly. I like that line involving some thing sounding unfortunate, and there remaining some hope– If you hear to the (Seashore Boys’) Pet Sounds album, individuals music are lovely but definitely sad, way too. And that arrives in a natural way to me when I start out placing terms down — I have a dilemma creating content music.”
The band is now on its very first US tour due to the fact 2017, which wraps up Wednesday May perhaps 18 at Brighton Music Hall. They’ll have a new album, “House” to draw from. One particular attention-grabbing factor about the album is that it sounds like explicitly about the pandemic– the very first single, “As Far Absent as Doable,” voices a acquainted shutdown sentiment — nonetheless it was all composed and recorded beforehand.
“I was Nostradamus on that a person,” Olenius mentioned. “And it’s bizarre, mainly because the only topic we had for the album was that we wanted it to be pretty area. When we were rehearsing, we commenced wondering about the walks we took to the studio, the walks with our kids, going to the bar and residing in the minimal bubble we ended up in. I typically generate about traveling, so this time I tried using to target on the place around me.”
In truth, the album would make the location seem instead inviting — so why the require to get significantly away? “Maybe I wrote that on a dark Swedish winter season working day. But it wasn’t so significantly about me personally, just a mix of good friends around me who are not joyful wherever they are. You can really like the town in which you are living, but you will constantly know a large amount of dreamers.”
Typically pegged as an ‘80s encouraged band, the Shout Out Louds played into that with the protect art for “House,” styled just after a vintage cassette. “Bjorn [their producer Bjorn Yitting, of the group Peter Bjorn & John] truly identified his old Sade cassette, so we made use of that even even though it’s a various sort of songs. It appeared to accommodate the album, because we required to make it extra uncooked, with every instrument getting its individual room.” A single of the singles, “High as a Kite,” also has a familiar ring, since the guitar intro is notably Autos-like. “I do love that band, but I hadn’t believed of that,” Olenius stated. “To me it sounds far more like an indie-pop band trying to be AC/DC.”
He mentioned there is a payoff to retaining the very same lineup with each other for 20 a long time. “We’re in all probability a lot quicker in our conclusions, and more distinct about what we want. And after the last two many years, we know that we can get by things. We’re undertaking more compact golf equipment on this tour, but everyone’s excited to be out all over again. But we were also great pals prior to the band, so in a way almost nothing has truly improved.”