Today, April 21st, 2017, Swedish indie band
Shout Out Louds return with their new single "Oh Oh" (Merge Records)
which is the first new piece of music from the band in four years. The single
is taken from their forthcoming fifth album, due for release later this year.
Shout Out Louds went back to basics to record their new material -- it's warm
and melancholic indie pop / rock.
The band explain:
"Oh Oh" in some way feels like the trigger for this album. We felt, as soon as we had completed it, that the only way we could and should do this was to focus on the energy, the feeling in everything. We wanted get back to our roots, to our togetherness and some kind of craftmanship. We reminded ourselves that we are a band that love each other and to play together. The rest is pretty unimportant to us.
It's been four years since last album Optica was released, but this fall it's finally time for Shout Out Louds to release a new album. During these past four years families have been built, kids have been born, and furthermore, lead singer Adam Olenius released his solo EP, Bebban Stenborg released an album with her band Astropol, and bass player Ted Malmros released music with duo A Nighthawk. Then the time was right to kick-start Shout Out Louds again.
The band tells more about the process and the single:
The producer Fredrik Swahn gave us great energy and made us a better band. He even succeeded in making us better friends, how that's even possible. We had fun and at the same time returned back to the core of what we do. "Oh Oh" is lot about keeping that feeling; never to let go of a dream.
A majority of the forthcoming album has been recorded in a small basement studio in Stockholm with producer Fredrik Swahn. He is a member of the band The Amazing and has recently also worked with French artist Melody's Echo Chamber.
Shout Out Louds instantly got an international fanbase with their critical acclaimed debut album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff (2003) and have toured all over the world ever since, both as headline act and as support to bands like Kings of Leon and The Strokes. The band has played many of the biggest international festivals, like Coachella several times, pleasing big crowds with their indie hits like "Tonight I Have To Leave It" and "Impossible."