Last night I had the pleasure of witnessing one of shoegazes most defining acts Loop at The Fleece, which has to rank alongside shows by the likes of the Melvins, Swans, Dinosaur Jr, Hookworms and Jon Hopkins as being one of the most sonicly visceral shows of the year.
Admittedly I should have known this was going to be a loud show by the fact that you could bass shaking outside of the venue. It was like the sonic equivalent of being punched in the face, each and every riff was delivered with a sharp hook and a sonic boom that would have made Spacemen 3 tell them to turn it down a bit.
But unlike certain bands that will start with a bang and then fizzle out, Loop kept on delivering. I could feel my whole body reverberating in the really tightly wound sonic mass blasting out like an angry Jesus And Marychain.
I think every single aspect of Loops sound and attitude can be summed up by the song Black Sun, a real torrential tor de force that can easily be put up there with the MBV’s of this world, fusing elements of the post punk movement in with a more psychedelic influence embracing a raw guitar tone, playing mountains of stacks.
Unlike the Peace’s of this world and an array of other so called Shoegaze revivalists playing through petty little amps that were being brought for them by their rich mummy and daddies, Loops sound is a real wall of thick amps blasting the hair back and boy did it feel so good.