Published May 10, 2010Using all manner of clackers and shakers and varied sound makers, adorable Swedes Shout Out Louds stormed Toronto's Mod Club with a satisfying cross-section of songs from their three albums.
The room was filled with the sounds of an orchestra warming up as the five-piece took the stage opening with a ramshackle version of "1999" followed quickly by "Throwing Stones," both from the band's latest effort, Work. Trying hard to get the crowd to do more than polite to-ing and fro-ing, Shout Out Louds front-man Adam Olenius announced that the next song was on "old one" before tearing in to an uptempo version of their break-out hit "The Comeback."
Clearly enjoying themselves, the Stockholm band played loud, fast re-workings of older hits while seamlessly incorporating new songs, each full of sweet, dreamy lyrics and musings about the future.
Rich symbols, layered harmonies, playful tambourines and a cowbell got the venue dancing to sped-up rearrangements of old favourites like "Tonight I Have to Leave It" and "Please Please Please." Halfway through the set, a clunky "Show Me Something New" fell a little flat, dampening the show's hard-earned high spirits, while a heartbreaking "Too Late Too Slow" followed, sad and sombre with its Parisian accordions.
Excitement and singing along were quickly restored, however. Anthemic "Normandie" playfully sampled the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" and "Very Loud" was, well, very loud. "Impossible," "You Are Dreaming," and "Walls" rounded out the evening's set as the group graciously thanked Toronto in cute Scandinavian accents.
Shout Out Louds are giving Phoenix a run for their money as one of the most likable bands around, as they really are one affable bunch.