Touring in support of their fifth studio album Erase My Mind, Swedish indie-pop band Shout Out Louds are making their long-awaited return to the states. In their fifteen years as a group, they’ve achieved varying degrees of commercial success, opening shows for the likes of The Strokes and The Essex Green in their early years. But the band has also played a show in the Brazilian rainforest with a freezer box as a dressing room, as well as a Yokohama, Japan show that only two Austrians showed-up for and one done in the middle of a Sicilian rainstorm that left them soaked. Like the lush mixtures of synths and guitars, they employ to texturize the blissfully melancholic-nostalgia in their songs, Shout Out Louds split the difference between the glam and the reality. Lead-singer Adam Olenius spoke with us about the band’s longstanding run together and their upcoming tour, but we just had to follow-up on the story of their unique experience in Brazil.
All of Erase My Mind burns with this warm glow of tenderly raw emotion, pooled together by the shared interests and passions of the band’s five members–many of whom have outside projects besides Shout Out Louds. Spread across the globe and no longer based solely in Sweden, logistics aside it wasn’t hard to find the desire to bring everyone back in for the creation of another album said Olenius, not when they have such a strong relationship as a group.
“We´ve been in this band for almost half our lives so we try to treat it with extra caution. We try to be less self-involved when we plan our touring and stuff. But musically it hasn’t affected us all that much, we still feel like these green, unsophisticated underdogs most of the time,” Olenius said. “Except, if I had to boil down the theme for this album to one word I think it would be ‘worry’ and that probably comes at least a little bit from having people to take care of besides ourselves these days.”
Promising no less than one-hundred percent excitement on their part for their return to Los Angeles, Olenius said fans could expect a great mix of old and new songs. But we’d argue that one of the real pros of attending a Shout Out Louds concert is the chance to end up being part of one of their many, many strange tour experiences.
Words: Steven Ward