LOOP 
CONFIRM US DATES Inc. AUSTIN PSYCH FEST

“a perfect soundtrack as heaven burns and crapitalism falls in its grave” Flux Magazine
 
 
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Heavens End
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The World In Your Eyes
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Fade Out
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(2xLP with bonus 7")
 
 
A Gilded Eternity
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“With psychedelia enjoying something of a considerable resurgence and, in places, threatening to become the next bandwagon for hopeless chancers and pretty boys in polo necks and beads to hitch their nag to, Loop's re-emergence is a most welcome treat. “ The Quietus
 
Following their stint of UK dates last year, including a headline performance at ATP’s End Of An Era at Camber Sands, Loop have confirmed their first shows across the US since
1990.
 
Starting on 16th April at Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, stopping off at the Austin Psych Fest (3rd & 4th May) and concluding on 16th May at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, the band will play a total of 21 dates across North America. 
 
FULL CONFIRMED DATES SO FAR:
16-Apr Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kung Fu Necktie
17-Apr New York, New York Le Poisson Rouge
18-Apr Baltimore, Maryland Metro Gallery
19-Apr Cambridge, Massachusetts Middle East (Downstairs)
21-Apr Montreal, Quebec La Sala Rossa
22-Apr Toronto, Ontario, Canada Wrongbar
23-Apr Detroit, Michigan Magic Stick
25-Apr Iowa City, Iowa Outsound Productions
26-Apr St. Paul, Minnesota Turf Club
27-Apr Chicago, Illinois Bottom Lounge
28-Apr Kansas City, Missouri Record Bar
30-Apr Knoxville, Tennessee Pilot Light
01-May Athens, Georgia Georgia Theatre
03-May Austin, Texas Austin Psych Fest at Carson Creek Ranch
04-May Austin, Texas Austin Psych Fest at Carson Creek Ranch
06-May San Diego, California Soda Bar
07-May Los Angeles, California The Church on York
09-May San Francisco, California Great American Music Hall
10-May Santa Cruz, California Rio Theatre
15-May Seattle, Washington Chop Suey
16-May Portland, Oregon Doug Fir Lounge
 
The band are sorry to announce that drummer John Wills will not be joining them on the road for these dates due to personal reasons. 
 
 
MORE ABOUT LOOP
“In the second half of the 1980’s Loop were one of a trio of English groups who used a blueprint of ‘69 influenced pyschedelia to create something startlingly original... LOOP drew on the primal force of predecessors such as VU, The Stooges and Suicide as a launchpad for their own excursions into the realms of mind expansion.” Mojo
 
“These were stars that burned and shone with an intense brightness, and it's testament to Loop's vision and delivery that the mark they made is indelible." The Quietus

 “Extraordinary” Uncut
 
“a perfect soundtrack as heaven burns and crapitalism falls in its grave” Flux Magazine
 
“crucial listening” Classic Rock 

“devastating” NME 
LOOP was formed in Croydon, London, 1986 by Robert Hampson (vocals/ guitar) and partner Beki Stewart (Bex) on drums. After finding Glen Ray on bass, through an advert in Melody Maker, they began to perform live and were quickly signed to HEAD Records run by Jeff Barrett (Heavenly) who released their feedback-drenched debut 12” 16 Dreams.
 
Following line-up changes - the arrival of new drummer John Wills, new bassist Neil MacKay and James Endeacott on second guitar the band were to take a more primal rhythmic foundation captured on their impressive debut full-length Heavens End (1987).
 
The band managed to hypnotise all with their discordant trance-like spell which served as an antidote to the prevailing trend in British pop at the time - they resurrected the concept of loud out there-rock for a new era, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance, loosely influenced by bands such as The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The MC5, but retaining an avant-garde and experimental edge from Can, Faust, Neu!, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca and minimalist systems music, to name but a few.  Live shows were revelatory, Loop, allowing LOUD as an constant descriptive term, they pushed PAs to the very edge of their existence, creating a sonic pummel not really experienced since.
 
A collection of singles and B-sides, The World in Your Eyes, appeared on HEAD in 1987 and after the departure of Endeacott the band signed to the Chapter 22 label, releasing the Collision 12" as well their more sparse and discordant second full-length, Fade Out.  
 
With another label change, this time to Situation Two Records, the band replaced Endeacott’s vacant position with Scott Dowson and veered towards more ethereal soundscapes on  A Gilded Eternity (1990) which was to be their final album.  
 
After 4 years of pushing the boundaries, the band disbanded with only a BBC sessions collection Wolf Flow (1991) released after the band’s demise.
 
The band's catalogue was remastered and reissued on CD in 2008-2009 and on LP in 2013.
Nita Keeler
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