Two kids meet in art school. Decide to start a band. Sounds like the formation of every other pretentiously “different” band out there, right? Well, the punch line to this story is that The Shout Out Louds really are unexpected — earnest, unabashed, sweetly melancholic one minute and bursting with emotional power the next.
Only two years after frontman Adam Olenius taught bass to his friend Ted Malmros between art courses in Stockholm, The Shout Out Louds released their debut full length Howl Howl Gaff Gaff. The first single, “Very Loud,” is a showcase for Olenius’ vocals as, shaky with need, he sings, “Little by little, you’re going to hear me cry.”
Following a world tour prompted by the success of that 2003 debut, in 2007 the group (with Eric Edman on drums, Bebban Stenborg on keyboard/vocals, and Carl von Arbin on guitar) released their first studio-polished album, Our Ill Wills, in 2007 under the gaze of producer Björn Yttling, of Sweden’s Peter Bjorn & John. Since then the band’s toured with everyone from The Strokes to Kings of Leon, had their music on compilations, TV shows and films, and bassist Malmros even won a Swedish Grammy for directing the video to Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks.”
Success hasn’t lead to the usual excess, however. 2010’s Work was recorded with Seattle indie rock legend, Phil Ek (Built to Spill, The Shins), and strips away production stylings – and drums! — to highlight the band’s melodic guitars. Written by Olenius in a Melbourne apartment while the band was on hiatus, the album is packed with the yearning and aching heartbreak fans have come to identify with the band so well.