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I can find virtually nothing on these guys in the archives, but I think they deserve their own thread. I've managed to find most everything by them at my local used vinyl store for pretty cheap (aside from a copy of Heaven's End that I just bought from the UK), which I feel lucky for, since it all seems pretty tough to come by.

It's strange; their songs all sort of blend together in my mind, and I scarcely feel any sort of straight-up emotional response to their music. Still, there's something there that keeps me coming back - I love the lazy, endlessly sliding and curving guitar whines, the controlled usage of feedback; I can concentrate solely on the stereo panning and be completely transfixed.

So, your thoughts? What did they feel like at the time they were around? It seems not many have followed their lead; the -rock in drone-rock has gradually faded out (no pun intended), and bands as noisy as Loop nowadays rarely exhibit the same sort of restraint and lack of bombast.

Clarke B., Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Aaaaahhhh... Loop. Dirty dronerock boys from Rugby. You only started this thread to torture me, no?

When they first started, I kinda looked down on them as imperfect Spacemen3 clones (hey, so did S3, so I thought that was alright) even though a lot of my friends actually preferred them, on the basis of the pure psychedelic pop of stuff like Spinning. The first time I bought a Loop record, I was actually told by the record store owner "Oh, no, you can't buy this, you're a Spacemen3 fan!!!". I thought Heavens End and World In Your Eyes were pretty, but non-spectacular compared to S3 and JAMC, who did the feedback thing so far more effectively.

And then with Fade Out, all of a sudden Loop started to get heavy. REALLY heavy. Where S3 were disappearing happily into synthesisers (hey, no complaints from me) and gospel music, Loop were mutating into this ultra-heavy, ultra-black almost heavy metal band, like they'd take one Sabbath riff and play it over and over and over until it got blacker and heavier and so thick that it was collapsing in upon itself. This is where you end, this is where you fall. They were obsessed with endings, with anihilation, not with transcendance.

Other shoegazer bands were trying to transcend, and blast off into heaven in a haze of ethereality; Loop hammered at the same plot until they wore down the earth and sank into the molten centre of lava, they were so heavy that they threatened to collapse in upon themselves like black holes. They did Can covers that were even more obsessive-compulsive than the original.

Oh my god, the Thief Of Fire/Motherfucker EP, each track more and more intense and heavier until you thought that the needle would go right through the vinyl.

And then Guilded Eternity. The first time I heard it, I didn't like it. Where were the tunes, man? Where were the gorgeously sticky dribbles from the mouth of melody? But I kept at that album until it wore me down, and suddenly I had no NEED of melody. No one could compare this to Spacemen3 anymore, it was far more into Sonic Youth territory (this was back when Sonic Youth were still making machine music). Bloody infernal drums like dark satanic mills, three note bass patterns that went on and on and on relentlessly, not like S3 with their gorgeous lovely climbing melodic basslines and almost nonexistent drums.

And the guitars ... restraint? I don't know that that is the word I'd use, but I know what you mean. The guitars seemed focused inward, they didn't want climb out into outer space, they wanted to bore a hole right through into your soul. And vocals? Robert couldn't sing. Who cares? They were better when he didn't sing, or just sort of whispered. Or eschewed vocals entirely in favour of Apocalypse Now samples.

I don't want to investigate the solo projects; little I've heard even comes close.

In fact, I barely have any Loop with me any more. Most of it is on vinyl in storage at my mum's house, the only thing I have here is a CD of their Peel sessions - which is still bloody incredible.

Lots of bands owe a debt to Loop, which is often misatributed to Spacemen3, or worse, to Mogwai. But I think they were just too heavy for the light-and-frothy effects era Shoegazing; they had more in common with Black Sabbath than with Cocteau Twins.

Sorry, I'm rambling on. But yes, I love Loop.

kate, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

A lot of what Kate said. ;-) The legendary/notorious Loop/S3 feud apparently had something to do with the young Mr. Hampson hanging around the Rugby recording studio where Sonic and Spaceman were making their racket and then Robert wanting some of that action himself. Which led Spacemen 3 to cast him into perdition, etc.

Kate's general outline of the band's progression sez it all, so I'll just add that the Peel Sessions collection, Wolf Flow, is one monstrous motherfucker of an album. The version of "Straight Into Your Heart" on that one just...it defies description. Ten minutes of compressed evil death zone march (the Black Sabbath comparison is very appropriate, indeed). If you had to start somewhere, start with that.

Much as I love Loop, I'm actually even more of a Main fan -- the obsession with rhythm as much as drone on those albums has made some seriously disturbing listening for me over the years, the more so because the rhythms aren't overbearing, but just build up in a variety of ways from any number of sources. After a certain point you hear them and not the feedback shadings first and foremost. Also check out Hampson's work as Chasm and the stuff he did with Godflesh on Pure, not to mention the out-of-nowhere production job for Amp on Stentorette.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Even when Spacemen 3 are doing something noisy and raucous - "Revolution", fr'instance - there's this sense of joy and charm that is completely absent from Loop's music. Whatever sonic similarities exist between the two bands are outweighed by the sharp emotional differences. It's the old "sure they sound similar, but they FEEL so different" thing.

It's funny, too, even though they sometimes get lumped in with space- rock bands, the references they do make to space aren't your usual planetarium "look at the expanse of infinity" twaddle; no, instead, they sample 2001: A Space Odyssey - specifically, the parts when Hal is losing it. What a cheery bunch.

I just realized something: there is absolutely no space (no "space", either) in Loop's music. In fact, there's not even any breathing room. Theirs is some of the most suffocating music I've ever heard.

Clarke B., Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

they were like a crappy heavy metal version of spacemen 3. they sucked. you can always find their records in the sale bins over here if you wanna find out if i'm right.

unknown or illegal user, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

No, Loop don't suck! What sucks is when people refuse to acknowledge huge differences - Loop are not a heavy metal band, nor do they sound much like Spacemen 3. Heavy metal is all about explosion, bombast, getting off; Loop are the reverse - riffs swirling in on themselves and collapsing, being sucked inward by gravity rather than blasted out into space - a sort of sonic injaculation, if you will.

Clarke B., Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

A Spacemen 3 12" just went for roughly $90 on eBay. I can walk across the street and get a Loop record for $10.

Spacemen 3 is the superior band by $80.

Regardless of the degree of similarity, or the going rates of their records at second-hand shops, Loop obliterated Spacemen 3.

Andy K, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Andy's AMG Loop reviews vs. my AMG Spacemen 3 reviews FITE! Though I would have gotten to those Loop ones as well had I been quicker off the draw. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 31 July 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Doorag knows the score. Did some of Loop go off to form 'Hair and Skin Trading Company'? 'Cos they were godawful as well.

Andrew L, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Can anyone tell me in more than just two words why they think Loop sucked? I'm not trying to be a smarmy asshole, I just want to know why they are so awful in some of your eyes. And I like Hair and Skin Trading Company, so there!

Clarke B., Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i'm not very good at more than 2 words on bands that suck but uh ok, check out what they did trying to cover fucking Can & Pop Group songs, jesus.

unknown or illegal user, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i tried to listen to a Main record once & that was even worse

unknown or illegal user, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

don't worry ned, only a month or something & y'll be able to trash the shit out of MY record collextion ;)

unknown or illegal user, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Now yer talking. If I wasn;t in the middle of moving house I'd go home and pull out my Loop records.

I saw them twice but both times were marred, the first time they were supported by Kevin Martin's God who were so loud and unpleasant that I ended up drinking five pints of beer and smoking a few doobies and so was barely concious for Loop. And my main memory of the seocnd time they played was some asshole climbing on to the top of the speaker stacks and diving 30 feet, army-boot-clad-feet first on to some poor guy who went down like chopped wood.

But their glorious molasses thick sound was awesome. And they split up before becoming shit so there's not a bad record out there. And even the Hair & Skin Trading Company and Main both did interesting stuff.

Closest living relative is probably Bardo Pond if you Loop fans are jonesing for a fix.

Winkelmann, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

haven't heard loop in ages, might re-investigate. agreed that bardo pond are the closest thing today maybe, just for the heavy sludge, although theres is a dirty sound, there was somehow a cleaness about loops sludge (perhaps not compared to sp3 but...), i think i mean that Loop sounded black, whereas Bardo Pond sound muddy brown. or something

hair & skin trading co were poor if memory serves, i have one main 12" which is kind of...ok

gareth, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

loop at the fleece and firkin in bristol, about 1991. the loudest and best gig ive ever witnessed. i experienced something close to a seperate state of consciousness, with no stimulants other than the music. i still prefer loop to s3, it's more raw, amateurly engineered and balls-out energy makes me want to turn it right up and get lost in it. and me: a hip hopper....

dbini, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

must chase a few recs of theirs. they can be easily found in second hand shops but i nevah got round to it.

Julio Desouza, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

don't worry ned, only a month or something & y'll be able to trash the shit out of MY record collextion ;)

VENGEANCE! Or something. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 August 2002 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Guilded eternity is one of the most sorely underated albums. It stands on the edge of a whole new dimension of rock and no-one else I've heard since took up the gauntlet and went with it in the 13 years since its release. There are a lot of subtleties on that album and its gets better and better with repeated listening.
I didn;t like main too much. loop are proof that generally when academic 'high brow' music techniques are brought into 'low brow' art is generally more exiting than the other way around. Main just seem rather undifferentied from the slew of other 1990's emasculated isolationaist noise 'experimental' noise fiddlers.

BX, Thursday, 2 January 2003 22:04 (nineteen years ago) link

they were like a crappy heavy metal version of spacemen 3. they sucked. you can always find their records in the sale bins over here if you wanna find out if i'm right.

I was sufficiently intrigued to invest in a vinyl copy of...some Loop album or other (maroon sleeve, long hair) a while back. Listened to it once, it reminded me of Swervedriver, not heard it since. Save me.

Charlie (Charlie), Friday, 3 January 2003 04:10 (nineteen years ago) link

the guitar entry on "Crawling Heart"!!!

Paul (scifisoul), Friday, 3 January 2003 06:01 (nineteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
CD80 Loop "portable" go!

Soundhead
Straight to Your Heart
Rocket USA
Collision
Thief of Fire/Thief (Motherfucker) - (combined)
Black Sun
Torched
Vision Stain
Got to Get It Over
Arc-Lite (Sonar)
Vapour
Afterglow
The Nail Will Burn
Shot with a Diamond
Arc-Lite (Radiated)

(79:50)

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 6 November 2003 01:30 (eighteen years ago) link

that's pretty much chronological (except the last track which came out on the Arc-Lite CDS)

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 6 November 2003 01:38 (eighteen years ago) link

Search for (but expect not to find) their version of Godflesh's 'Like Rats' which came out as a split on ClawFist as part of their singles club. Eclipsed only by Godflesh's version of 'Straight To Your Heart' on the other side.

I think Robert Hampson plays on both sides as he was in both bands at the time.

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Thursday, 6 November 2003 11:06 (eighteen years ago) link

Heh, I heard that version of "Like Rats" the other day. Great stuff, to hear Robert's distanced/dreamy vocals singing those lines...

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 6 November 2003 14:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i always liked loop more than s3. loop-the only band that i can relate to in terms of the music i make. i stopped listeing to loop cause i didnt want to be too influenced. hmmm maybe this is dumb.

kephm, Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:04 (eighteen years ago) link

Kephm, PLEASE BE influenced by Loop! The world needs more of this!

(OK, HSA claims that Robert is a miserable bastard, but don't pay attention to this bit.)

Citizen Kate (kate), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:07 (eighteen years ago) link

it's rather hard - as one might imagine - finding loop stuff on slsk

strongo hulkington's ghost (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Loop were far more sexy and wore better trousers. Also wore nice pointy chelsea boots verses Spacemen 3's dreadful moccassins. Early Loop had a stand up bowlie-girl drummer as well which was ACE.

Sonic Boom now runs an ashtray stall at Saddington car boot sale near Leicester.

flowersdie (flowersdie), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:11 (eighteen years ago) link

Considering he's been out here in the LA area recording and producing for a few weeks, I think you're wrong there.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:13 (eighteen years ago) link

mail me jess if you want me to run you off a cd-r of "fade out"

Pashmina (Pashmina), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Sonic's Car Boot job is for the Summers only.

flowersdie (flowersdie), Thursday, 6 November 2003 17:29 (eighteen years ago) link

it's rather hard - as one might imagine - finding loop stuff on slsk

still having trouble?

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 18:54 (eighteen years ago) link

no! i have been...serviced.

erico b. rakimington (dubplatestyle), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 19:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Soundhead!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 19:05 (eighteen years ago) link

Sonic Boom now runs an ashtray stall at Saddington car boot sale near Leicester.

anyone thinking this is a joke? sadly its not, i've seen mr kember with a stall at saddington carboot sale...when i saw him it had more plastic toys than ashtrays though...

zappi von trappi (joni), Tuesday, 11 November 2003 19:08 (eighteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Revive ... I'm hearing "Fade Out" for the first time now. Based on the three records I've heard (FO, World in My Eyes (a compilation, yes), and Guilded Eternity) I believe Loop were wholly unspectacular until "Guilded". With that album, they reached a new level of superheavyweight RAWK. Fuzz guitar melodies, tunefulness, song transitions, etc. were all disposed of, in favour of one sole purpose: pound dark riffs into a bloody pulp.
Maybe it's the production on their earlier stuff that's influencing me (the songs just don't sound, I don't know, *big* enough).
S3 kill Loop, although strangely enough, they only really sound alike on GI (Loop's last album) and "Sound of Confusion" (S3's first).
My $0.02. Breathe Into Me rules it. I'd also like to mention that GI contains the only worthwhile musical usage of the phrase "Be Here Now". That's all.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 29 April 2004 23:20 (eighteen years ago) link

If you think the earlier material doesn't quite work in terms of production, give an ear to Wolf Flow, which collects their John Peel sessions. The early songs there -- especially the utterly apocalyptic version of "Straight To Your Heart," which I rave on about a bit in my first post upthread -- will probably capture your attention much more readily.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 29 April 2004 23:24 (eighteen years ago) link

"Burning Prisma". I rest my case.

donut bitch (donut), Thursday, 29 April 2004 23:44 (eighteen years ago) link

"Thief of Fire/Thief Motherfucker" are the heaviest, MAN.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 29 April 2004 23:46 (eighteen years ago) link

yeah, "burning prisma," as db said. that "prisma uber europa" 12" is the sh.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 30 April 2004 01:01 (eighteen years ago) link

Spencer OTM

Donna Brown (Donna Brown), Friday, 30 April 2004 01:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh goody I get to talk about Loop. I take heart that albums such as "Heaven's End" and "The World In Your Eyes" are still solid enough to sound good to new listeners. Back in '87-'88 I was a real Loophead, and particularly liked "Heaven's End". But I played that more recently and the production just made me go "ouch!" What a shame.

I've STILL got "Fade Out" on CD (though actually toying with selling it a few times) and because of this thread, I will be pulling it out as soon as the new Crispy Ambulance CD stops playing on my boom box.

My main impression of Loop live is NIRVANA, literally. I saw them at the old 930 Club location in D.C. and this was before Nirvana hit it big and some idiot decided that Nirvana would be a good band to open for Loop. I found the whole thing very sad because there was a whole lot of crowd mania for Nirvana and then a quarter of the people left, leaving Loop as some footnote, like they weren't important at all. I just thought "oh here I go, being the lonely anglophile again"

I thought Gilded Eternity was disappointing when it came out, but it kindof grew on me. DAMN I wish I had it with me now instead of all the way across the country on vinyl at my parent's house.

Next to Loop I don't give a fuck about Spacemen 3.

bimble (bimble), Friday, 30 April 2004 02:13 (eighteen years ago) link

Time to fish out the Loop CDs again. That live album needs some more props.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 30 April 2004 02:16 (eighteen years ago) link

I've only heard the 'Thief of Fire' cover, and I really like it.

Can someone make me a CDR?

Sasha (sgh), Friday, 30 April 2004 02:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Agreed that "Burning Prisma" and "Thief of Fire" are the shit. However, a) those are really long songs (lots and lots of riffitude), wouldn't they sound even better if they had been produced "Guilded Eternity"-style?

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Friday, 30 April 2004 02:31 (eighteen years ago) link

Like an idiot I posted this on the Orbital thread by mistake. THANKS FOR RECOMMENDING THE "WOLF FLOW" PEEL SESSIONS RELEASE, NED. I never had that one before. I remember hearing it came out, guess I didn't pay much attention.

I wish people wouldn't call Loop "shoegazer". Loop are about as shoegazer as Coldplay.

bimble (bimble), Friday, 30 April 2004 02:32 (eighteen years ago) link

Next to Loop I don't give a fuck about Spacemen 3.

yay! someone i agree with!

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 30 April 2004 03:03 (eighteen years ago) link

It's "A GILDED Eternity", for heaven's (end) sake. That's as in "covered in gold". What would "a guilded eternity" mean? Permanent membership of a mediaeval craftsmen's union?

Andrew Norman, Friday, 30 April 2004 08:50 (eighteen years ago) link

That did actually make me laugh at loud.

Super-Kate (kate), Friday, 30 April 2004 08:59 (eighteen years ago) link

Not yet, far as I can tell, but they'll be out fairly soon.

dow, Monday, 8 June 2015 23:44 (six years ago) link

you cant go wrong with a mix of Loop and The Heads!

Eric Burdon & War, On Drugs (Cosmic Slop), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 01:24 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

The whole EP is now on Spotify and Apple Music.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 16 July 2015 23:25 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

Just catching up to Array I and it's pretty great. Are these guys still going or did it fizzle after this EP? Seems like the whole endeavor was a precarious undertaking.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 9 January 2017 01:20 (five years ago) link

http://soundheads.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Unknown-2.jpeg

am0n, Monday, 9 January 2017 19:49 (five years ago) link

Swans, Loop, yeah all prime vaporwave acts there.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:21 (five years ago) link

three years pass...

A fine thing!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 September 2020 17:26 (one year ago) link

coincidentally I am wearing a (badly washed out - and it's not even an old shirt just a shit printing job) Loop t-shirt today

CP Radio Gorgeous (Colonel Poo), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:34 (one year ago) link

just saw a notice from the band on FB. Haven't heard recent stuff so not sure if originals sound like a continuation of the turn of the 90s stuff.

Stevolende, Monday, 21 September 2020 18:26 (one year ago) link

very excited

global tetrahedron, Monday, 21 September 2020 23:01 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

What the what now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrViQDlYxdE

Maresn3st, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:18 (six months ago) link

'Halo' is taken from the new album 'Sonancy' which releases on March 11th 2022, the first studio album since 'A Gilded Eternity' (1990). Stream 'Halo' and pre-order the album at https://loopband.lnk.to/sonancy

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:27 (six months ago) link

gonna stick my neck out and say it sounds a bit like loop?

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:31 (six months ago) link

Just came to post that!

Yes, sounds as expected.

Duke, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:32 (six months ago) link

something about it reminds me a bit of chrome too, that shiny, brittle, dopesick android thing

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:40 (six months ago) link

Very much Arc-Lite Pt2, but I'm fine with that.

Position Position, Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:29 (six months ago) link

!!!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 18 November 2021 15:33 (six months ago) link

Vinyl comes to $78.24 with shipping so I think I'll pass on that.

Position Position, Thursday, 18 November 2021 16:44 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

So! Had a great interview with Mr. Hampson himself for Bandcamp today. The piece will serve as an overall introduction to his work across the decades but also got some great thoughts about the new album. Will run in a few weeks.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 January 2022 20:59 (four months ago) link

Looking forward to it!

beard papa, Monday, 17 January 2022 21:12 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

New single sounds like Read & Burn-era Wire to me. (Warning: strobe light-y video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vt59YEQiAE

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 24 February 2022 13:53 (three months ago) link

okay that's a good song! but tbh i'd rather have something else than the sound just wubbing about the stereo field in the spaces where there once would have been guitar solos or whatever

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 24 February 2022 16:20 (three months ago) link

when i were a lad all this were wah pedals round 'ere

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Thursday, 24 February 2022 16:22 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBmjOBwczXk

Maresn3st, Friday, 4 March 2022 13:29 (two months ago) link

^^^ wish i hadn't missed that

listening to the new one, kind of reminds me of early Main but weirdly upbeat (so far)

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 11 March 2022 15:59 (two months ago) link

Went to listen to the new album after midnight last night and it wasn't available. Some places say the "release" is set for 3/25. Guess the physical got pushed back so they delayed putting it up on streaming outlets until then?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 March 2022 16:05 (two months ago) link

Yeah something like that. My interview will yet be along, it's in the editorial pipeline.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 11 March 2022 16:25 (two months ago) link

!!

Excited to see that interview.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 11 March 2022 16:36 (two months ago) link

xxp huh

well it's on certain music sharing sites already. only even thought to check because the original release date was today iirc.

also looking forward to the interview, Ned!

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 11 March 2022 16:40 (two months ago) link

I'm seeing 3/25 as the release date most places, 4/22 according to Amazon.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 11 March 2022 16:46 (two months ago) link

The vocal on “Fermion” sounds like Ian Curtis, in a really good way.

Spencer Chow, Saturday, 12 March 2022 05:07 (two months ago) link

Listening now and enjoying it. Pre-ordered the deluxe 2CD version; don't know how radical the bonus remix disc will be.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 12 March 2022 13:35 (two months ago) link

Okay! The interview is live!

https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/loop-robert-hampson-discography

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 March 2022 14:51 (two months ago) link

Good read and apparently I've missed a good amount of his more recent stuff, must rectify.

made entirely of styrofoam (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 21 March 2022 15:34 (two months ago) link

Yeah I had no idea about any of his non-Loop stuff, that all looks really fascinating

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 21 March 2022 16:05 (two months ago) link

There have apparently been major problems with the pressings of the coloured vinyl versions of the new release. to the extent that it appears the purple vinyl has been withdrawn.

Stevolende, Monday, 21 March 2022 16:32 (two months ago) link

xpost -- Thanks indeed. The goal of the piece was to very much place his wider work in context, he's absolutely been very busy with all kinds of work all this time. And much as I enjoyed finally seeing Loop a few years back, a US solo tour would be even more fascinating, if utterly unlikely.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 March 2022 16:39 (two months ago) link

It would be great if he and Beggars Banquet could be friends again; the primary Main catalog needs to be back in print.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 21 March 2022 16:45 (two months ago) link

Does it ever!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 March 2022 17:18 (two months ago) link

Streamed the album a few times, it is quite good. It touches a lot of the same receptors that Chrome hit for me, and that is never a bad thing when I am concerned.

I am a little bummed that physical product won't be available until 4/22. Even the CD has evidently been delayed. But it's already in the queue for me to order.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 28 March 2022 21:44 (two months ago) link

I am a little bummed that physical product won't be available until 4/22. Even the CD has evidently been delayed. But it's already in the queue for me to order.

I ordered mine directly from the band's webstore and got it three days before street date. It seems like they've still got copies of the deluxe version with the bonus remix EP, too.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 28 March 2022 22:43 (two months ago) link

I received my CD on Friday.

Toshirō Nofune (The Seventh ILXorai), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:38 (one month ago) link

All I know is Amazon says they ain't getting it until 4/22 and the Record Store Day website for retailers says the same thing.

I assume you guys are not in the US and/or you bought it from outside America? Because I'll deal with the wait if it will save me from spending $25-30 for a single CD.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 04:35 (one month ago) link

I’m in NJ. It was $37 for the double CD and shipping but that was the only way to get the bonus disc so I did it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 10:27 (one month ago) link

Yeah, with shipping from the UK. I don't need the limited version I don't think.
It looks like the label's US store has the regular CD but charges $8.20 to ship!

Everyone else domestically says I gotta wait. And I waited this long for a new Loop album, what's another month?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 12:55 (one month ago) link

I pre-ordered my CD from Cooking Vinyl about two weeks ago, because it was a lot cheaper shipping than from the band's official site. It has not yet been shipped though.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 13:48 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

I saw a copy in a local store a week ago and would have grabbed it if I hadn't already pre-ordered it from Cooking Vinyl, but now it's release day and it still hasn't even been shipped. Shoulda just ordered from the big bad A on this one.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 22 April 2022 14:57 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

This is pretty good indeed! I wasn't sure what this would bring and kept my expectations low, but this is a really nice continuation of their catalog.

Sadly I think ordering from Cooking Vinyl was a huge mistake, my CD copy still hasn't even shipped, so streaming it in the meantime and considering sourcing a cheaper copy elsewhere. Not sure if this is a standard experience from them or what, but lesson learned.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 9 May 2022 20:41 (two weeks ago) link


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