Artist of the Week: Shout Out Louds

Shout Out LoudsThis week, WERS is featuring Shout Out Louds as our artist of the Week!

Stockholm’s own Shout Out Louds was formed in the early 2000′s by childhood friends Adam Olenius, Ted Malmros, and Carl von Arbin.  In 2001 drummer Eric Edman and keyboardist Bebban Stenborg were added to the lineup and the band got to writing.  They eventually would release their debut EP in 2003, 100°.  Their first album (Howl Howl Gaff Gaff) was realeased in their native Sweden in 2003 and while touring in support of it they were signed by American label Capital Records, who in turn released it in May of 2005 on this side of the Atlantic.  Since then, they’ve released Our Ill Wills (2007) and Work (2010).

About a month and a half ago they released their fourth album Optica.  Apparently inspired by the ideas of color and light, Optica finds the band at perhaps its catchiest yet.  The band has never felt out of place in an all-80′s alternative playlist, and they’re not going to break that streak anytime soon.  The album sounds like some long lost Cure demos, had those demos been meticulously produced to the point of pure-pop sheen.  Which is a good thing.  Shout Out Louds will be unleashing their barrage of earworms at The Paradise on May 11th.

By Bentley J. Holt

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