|Shout Out Louds
Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
by Devon McReynolds
It has been a busy several months for Shout Out Louds. Throughout February and March, they opened for The Futureheads’ U.S. tour. Earlier this month, the Stockholm, Sweden quintet played at the famous Coachella festival – a big deal for any band, even if they’re not featured on the main stage. And, if they keep creating imaginative, upbeat indie rock like that featured on their debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, a headlining position at the famous festival is not unlikely in the future. Shout Out Louds are starting yet another tour of the United States, opening for The Dears on May 24 in Los Angeles, the day this album is released.
The first track “The Comeback” is unbelievably catchy, complete with handclaps, mild synth-use, a guitar solo, and slightly gravelly, but still very sweet and earnest vocals by lead singer Adam Olenius. If this song can’t get you up and dancing, I don’t know what can. “A Track And A Train” is the most romantic and beautiful of the album, with female keyboardist Bebban chiming in with her Sharin Foo-esque voice, creating a gorgeous harmony in contrast to Olenius’ own pipes.
“Go Sadness” slows down the pace with a soft ballad, but it doesn’t last for long. Next track “Please Please Please” is just as danceable with cheery, upbeat lyrics (“But we’re all happy cause the streets there are always there for us”) and garage-rock guitar. Shout Out Louds get synth-y on “100°”, but they definitely do not go overboard on this aspect. They have the perfect amount of normal guitar combined with a minimal amount of keyboard that is only used to emphasize certain parts; not create the entire melodies. Many of the guitar patterns are similar to those of The Strokes, The Von Bondies, and fellow Swedish punk band Millencolin. “There’s Nothing” includes chimes that add to the romance of the song, which is really a reflection of the entire album: romantic and beautiful, yet danceable, catchy, and smart.