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Review Wed May 12 2010

Review: Shout Out Louds @ Lincoln Hall 5/10/10

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Shout Out Louds' Olenius (photos by Andy Keil)

The Shout Out Louds played to their first sold out Chicago crowd on Monday at Lincoln Hall, and the Stockholm group couldn't hide their excitement. What started as a somewhat tame, yet solid performance, slowly intensified as the evening pressed on. They played a generous set lasting well over an hour and a half and by the end fans were jumping with their hands in the air.

"What the hell, we're doing a request," frontman Adam Olenius said after a fan shouted out "Normandie!" mid-way through their set. It was clear at that point and throughout the rest of night that rules were out the window and everyone was there just to have fun. They even worked in a little bit of "Walk Like an Egyptian" during the bridge on "Very Loud." The rest of the set leaned heavily toward new songs from the new album, WORK, which has a lot of the pep of their first two albums, but possesses a whole new maturity.

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When the band played the song "The Comeback" a popular hit from their first album, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, the crowd lit up, which felt oddly appropriate since there was a chance WORK might have not even happened. After completing an intense tour schedule for their second album, Our Ill Wills, the group split ways and went to their respective homes (on their respective continents) with no real plans to reunite. After six months apart, though, it was clear that they had to get together again when the demo for "Walls" arrived in their inboxes from Olenius. And lucky for us that they did, because sometimes an album this good can only come from insight gained by time apart. (For a little more on their "comeback" watch this charming documentary by bassist Ted Malmros.)

 
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Andy Keil / May 12, 2010 7:32 PM

Michelle, glad you caught the "Walk Like An Egyptian" riff. What a great show.

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