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- Posted on May 22nd 2010 5:00PM by Charley Rogulewski
'Alright! Stage dive!' frontman Adam Olenius declared to the crowd a couple of songs after a fan had hopped up on stage to partake in the aforementioned debauchery. Olenius called the tour their "best tour so far, and it has a lot to do with Freelance Whales," their New York City-based folk-pop openers.
When Sweden's Shout Out Louds first made their way across the pond with 2005's 'Howl Howl Gaff Gaff,' their music was catchy garage pop that fit with the rest of the mid-aughties' indie rock surge -- your Wolf Parades and Arcade Fires. Five years later the Swedes have fine-tuned their garage rock into dreamy, New Wave gems that ring synonymous with the Cure, but with a lot more bells and whistles -- literally.
Forced to tour without their bassist, who was replaced by Henrik Jonzon of fellow Swedish indie rock act Nervous Nellie so he could go on paternity leave, the Shout Out Louds never let a song sound too much like the last. The crowd favorite 'Very Loud' included a guest appearance by James Fearnley of the Pogues on accordion and Olenius inserted a little verse from the Notorious B.I.G. staple 'Going Back to Cali' chorus -- fitting, considering the location. On the moodier 'Go Sadness,' only Olenius and keyboardist Bebban Stenborg remained on stage, with the latter delivering breathy vocals that filled out the lo-fi ambiance of the Moog- and guitar-driven song.
The band also sampled from their more recent album 'Work,' playing 'The Candle Burned Out' and 'Too Late, Too Slow.' But it was the oldie 'The Comeback' that Olenius dedicated to their L.A. pals at the show that evening. With the opening lyrics, "I'm kinda tired / Because you wouldn't let me sleep last night," it made you think the Shout Out Louds have been enjoying Los Angeles as much as the frenzied crowd was enjoying their show.
Shout Out Louds on AOL Music