ALTERNATIVE MUSIC REVIEWS
May 16, 2017 |
May 16, 2017 |
In these modern times where the "perfect" recording is easier and cheaper than ever, there are still those bands who choose to take things in the Lo-Fi direction. Loom are such a band. Their debut album, S/T (releasing 19th May), is gritty, dirty and oh so lovable. Having recorded two cassettes prior which gained the band plenty of hype, Loom backed off from it all and recorded the album they wanted to record instead of being destined to the fate of a revival band. Loom are hard to put a finger on in the best of ways. Mixing snarling guitars with verbed out parts, the band is a real melting pot of sound.
The album opens with Lice. Eerie guitar trills on your right, solid punk drumming in the back with bass in the middle and vocals in the front that just fit the song so well. The chorus kicks in with a snarl and a growl like a dog with a purpose. The calmed down bridge section provides a nice change of texture before we get another round of that rowdy chorus. That's how you open a record folks! Next comes Hate. Cascading guitars and a catchy lick to the side open up the track in a pretty epic way, a feeling that's hard to capture on a decidedly stripped back record. The chorus is seething with, well, hate! The song is what it says on the tin with added extras. What's not to love about this song? A later track, Seasick, shows the band at their most eclectic. Switching between raucous and weird in the best of ways. Pounding vocals and rhythms carry the track while atmosphere comes from joyfully strange guitar parts.
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