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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 (eighteen 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 (eighteen years ago) link

the guitar entry on "Crawling Heart"!!!

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

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

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


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


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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen years ago) link

"Burning Prisma". I rest my case.

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

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

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

Spencer OTM

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

That did actually make me laugh at loud.

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

Got some photos of that show somewhere actually. I should dig those out.

everything, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 18:42 (seven years ago) link

I figured World Dom would only be defeated when THAT guitar fell apart (I'm assuming it did, eventually). Who knew a lowly guitar tuner would be their undoing?

Position Position, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 19:18 (seven years ago) link

It appears the FB post announcing the end of the reunion has been removed from the Loop page. Perhaps it's not over after all? I hope not; I'd love to catch them.

Duke, Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:21 (seven years ago) link

Loop is back on

strychnine, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 06:55 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I'm now seeing cryptic hints about a wholly new lineup coming together.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 11:53 (seven years ago) link

And Robert's posted to FB earlier, it turns out. Immediately upcoming shows are off but there will be a new lineup. Hm!

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:04 (seven years ago) link

why do dowson n hampson hate each other

am0n, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:21 (seven years ago) link

Here's the formal FB post on the Loop page:

"A change of heart, a change of plans...

Tho' I am very saddened that the last line-up of LOOP cannot continue in it's current form, after much soul searching and with incredible support of people who are very close and dear to me, I have decided to continue LOOP in another form.

Too much time and great effort on behalf of many got it back on it's legs after such a long time away. The response to the recent reactivation has been more than incredible. So much goodwill and heartfelt love has been thrown this way and without wishing to spoil the broth, it seems just too damn sad to curl up and die when possibilites are presented to me (ever the one to take on a challenge and challenge back) that deep deep deep in my heart, I have to at least make a play and see what transpires.

Before anyone sneers, let me say this.

Yes, it might be shit. I agree on that.
But let it breathe and see first before casting stones.
I'll be the first to swiftly turn around and walk away if it stinks.

There have be various line-ups before and nobody has seemed to have taken offence.
After all, it has to be said... I'm the founder of this project and the only original member anyhow.
(Hate saying that, but really... it's the simple truth)
My thanks still remain with James Endeacott, Beki Stewart, Ian 'Glen' Glenister, John Wills, Neil Mackay and Scott Dowson for making LOOP happen over the past years.
I so very much wanted Scott to stay, but sadly, life simply gets in the way of things at times and it isn't possible for him to do so.
I love that man and he knows that I would do all I could to make things change, but I'm just not in that position at this time.

I have written two new songs that I had planned for LOOP before we finished last week, and I was hoping to move forward into the studio at some point and at least, try something new.

I have no idea what this all may bring.

Give it a chance at least.

There are plans for more concerts around the world and sadly, some have had to be cancelled due to the latest developments.

The shows in Iceland (ATP Takeover) and Poland (OFF Festival) are now, with deep regret, not within reach.

But other offers are coming in thick and fast and there is much ground to be covered.

Yesterday, I was the saddest I had ever been for a very long time. But people rallied around and got me to at least admit that it doesn't have to be over until I say it's over.
So... with that in mind and actually taking it in, I'm going to give it a shot.

For fuck's sake, be patient with me.
You waited 24 fucking years so another few months won't hurt.

Let's see what happens, eh?

Let it breathe.

If it stinks, then do not doubt me, I'll be the first to say so and will sink that boat immediately.

Always Forward!

With love and total respect to you all who have stuck by thru thick and thin"

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:48 (seven years ago) link

I don't know- Scott's guitar parts are pretty damn easy to play. It can't be that hard to have a fill-in?

Evan, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 17:03 (seven years ago) link

"OK see this chord? Here's how you play one bar of the song it goes with. OK now repeat that until we're done with the song. On to the next song. OK see this chord?..."

Evan, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 17:09 (seven years ago) link

I am callowly nominating myself as a fill-in guitarist.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 11 June 2014 20:25 (seven years ago) link

I had the pleasure of photographing Loop & Godflesh at the Glasgow gig last week. A few shots here, for interested parties... http://www.thesleepingshaman.com/reviews/gig-reviews/loop-godflesh-swg3-glasgow-02-06-2014/

NWOFHM! Overlord (krakow), Thursday, 12 June 2014 22:33 (seven years ago) link

still lolling at the idea of loop & godflesh unplugged

sci-fi looking, chubby-leafed, delicately bizarre (contenderizer), Thursday, 12 June 2014 22:41 (seven years ago) link

their san diego show was so freakin loud

my ears are still ringing - last time i go to a show without earplugs i think

the late great, Friday, 13 June 2014 01:05 (seven years ago) link

xpost - it wasn't "unplugged". Just no p.a system. It was instrumental. No mics or mic stands - just them jamming their tunes as loud as ever but without vocals. That is why it was so good. The stage was nice and clear so a good band/audience connection, and the words get lost live anyway.

everything, Friday, 13 June 2014 01:10 (seven years ago) link

Also, Godflesh were not the opening band. Don't think there was one.

everything, Friday, 13 June 2014 01:15 (seven years ago) link

I think they were supposed to be though, but didn't play because of the lack of PA.

Daniwa, guys! Daniwa! (aldo), Friday, 13 June 2014 07:11 (seven years ago) link

three months pass...

Loop can now confirm their appearance at Levitation Festival, Angers in France 20th September.

The band now will consist of members Robert Hampson (Gtr./Voc), Wayne Maskell (Drums), Hugo Morgan (Bass) and a new second guitarist to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Sadly, due to circumstances of logistics and personal lives outside of the band, it is with regret that Neil McKay and Scott Dowson can no longer be involved in the Loop project. Our best wishes go with them both.

Future festival and concert appearances are now being organised for later of this year 2014 and well into next year 2015.

New recordings in the shape of a 3 track EP called ‘Array’ will be released later this year.

goth colouring book (anagram), Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:28 (seven years ago) link

six months pass...

Oh hey...

New song.


Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:14 (six years ago) link


Is it good? I haven't had a chance to listen yet.

Evan, Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:26 (six years ago) link

Never sure what to expect with all these reunited acts.

GBV was mixed. Swervedriver was incredible. Medicine was ok. Polvo was fantastic.

Evan, Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:28 (six years ago) link

The song, sound and arrangement are perfect, the vocals are very different - less intense, less processed.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:39 (six years ago) link

Yeah the vocal difference is the part that intrigues me the most, and makes it not simply Loop redux.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 April 2015 14:45 (six years ago) link

Further word from the band:

"Array 1" will be released on ATP Recordings on 22nd June 2105 (June 24th in the US)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:46 (six years ago) link

It's more "Brittle Head Girl" than "Thief of Fire". That said, I hope the other tracks feature at least some of the more traditional Loop vocals.

Spencer Chow, Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:30 (six years ago) link

Reminds me of Main's Hydra-Calm stuff, actually.

^^^ NOT METAL (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:53 (six years ago) link

Yeah, definitely connection there.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 April 2015 18:50 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

Just now experienced Array 1. My first Loop, so will do comparative study later, but although,like a a lot of new stuff involving drones, this immediately began to wrap me up for cosmic naptime, it was also rock & roll enough that I grabbed a coffee and got back on the sphere patrol. Round and round, better and better, especially when we got to "Coma, " where all the patients are in black leather, and prepped for "Radial," where bone saws and B-47s (mostly) turn to fuzz guitars, welder's torches, a few diaphanous elements, discreetly hovering, as in the first two tracks---everybody's here now. "Embrace your/New home." So far so good.
1. Precession 4:57
2. Aphelion 5:14
3. Coma 7:14
4. Radial 17:03

Press sheet info:
Towards the end of 2013 saw the reformation of one of the most revered and respected late 80’s UK alternative bands, LOOP. The group, founded by Robert Hampson, hadn’t played together since the early 90’s but got together to curate a night at the legendary All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands. US dates followed in 2014 and they then got back in the studio to start recording. The result is three brand new releases coming over the next year which see the band return to their hugely unique and era defining sound whilst sounding fresh and exciting.

The first release is ‘Array 1’, four tracks and 32 mins of haunting, aggressive, beautiful noise. ‘Precession’, ‘Aphelion’, ‘Coma’ and ‘Radial’ are the first songs to be heard from their recording session done in Sub Station Studios in Rosyth in Scotland with the current line up of Robert Hampson (vocals/guitar), Hugo Morgan (bass), Wayne Maskell (drums) and Dan Boyd (guitar). With only an early version of ‘Precession’ having had any previous outing (at a show at the Garage in London at the end of 2014), this is the very first new music from the band since their third album, 1990’s lost classic ‘A Gilded Eternity’.

The next tracks will be released in the Autumn in keeping with Loop’s previous habit of putting out music in batches, Hampson describes it as “one project, with the same concept, delivered in bulletins”.

With the music out on 22nd June 2015, this ties in with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 28th June where they are part of the line-up of ATP's Season at the Roundhouse. The event, curated by post rock band Mogwai to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, will be spread over six nights and see performances from the likes of Public Enemy, GZA, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

dow, Monday, 8 June 2015 21:47 (six years ago) link

More shows listed in that xpost April Stereogum link, but dunno how much of that is still on. I hereby request more US shows, with a light show and room to dance ("Radial" 's got a nice Can or canned beat).

dow, Monday, 8 June 2015 21:50 (six years ago) link

anywhere to preview the other tracks?

Spencer Chow, Monday, 8 June 2015 22:30 (six 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 (four years ago) link


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

Swans, Loop, yeah all prime vaporwave acts there.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:21 (four 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?


Maresn3st, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:18 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

Just came to post that!

Yes, sounds as expected.

Duke, Thursday, 18 November 2021 13:32 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

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

Position Position, Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:29 (two weeks ago) link


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

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