Flashback Friday: Loop (Show TOMORROW!)
While the UKs shoegaze scene of the 80s moved towards the 90s and flirted with almost pop music in the cases of Ride or even My Bloody Valentine, Loop took their sound towards apocalyptic punishment to their last album A Gilded Eternity. Opening with the dark sinister riffs of “Vapour” it was clear that founder Robert Hampson was looking to do something darker and even briefly joined Godflesh after the breakup of Loop. With the current resurgence of shoegaze and psychedelia, Loop’s influence is pretty clear today. Choruses and hooks were never really part of Hampson’s vision of music but instead a simple and pounding to trance inducing levels. As we approach the 25th anniversary of A Gilded Eternity, Loop reformed the final lineup for last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival and are doing their first tour of the United States in decades. If the video below from last year is any indication the band has not lost a step at all. Don’t miss this because you’ll probably never see it again.
Loop play the Turf Club tomorrow (April 26th) with The People’s Temple and Chatham Rise. Tickets are still available.
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