Posted in music | tour dates on May 1, 2013

by Bill Pearis

Loop

Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.

The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.

No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?

The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.

As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.

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Comments (20)

Finally...some news today that matters!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2013 6:33 PM

young Nikolai Frature

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2013 7:06 PM

ho lee crap.

Posted by big freaking fan | May 1, 2013 7:55 PM

Goodbye ATP: ya blew it

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2013 9:03 PM

God, I've missed them.

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2013 11:44 PM

If you are a male and you see htat hair style on your own head, just take the scissors to it or anything else that's handy. You can't make it worse. I know its weak to comment on hair styles, but this band should be presented without distractions and gimmicks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 3:53 AM

Exciting, I have been missing this band, and it has been a long time since they do a concert.

Posted by Donald Leon Farrow | May 2, 2013 8:44 AM

3:53 - you know that's a chick, right?

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:39 AM

Mr 3:53 A.M., that photo is from around 1988. People looked like that then. Hope you get some sleep.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 9:39 AM

End of an era indeed. ATP had something special and it slipped away...

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 10:24 AM

Awesome news. Love this band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 2, 2013 12:02 PM

young Nikolai Frature

Posted by freecs | May 4, 2013 10:41 PM

loop, they provided layers, slabs, concrete bricks of layered guitar sound.

spacemen 3 also rocked it while they were sitting on pillows playing maharishi wonderworld stuff. But Loop were more tangible. You could grab it, meld it, spin it back in and actually rock it hard and heavy.

Posted by Cora | May 13, 2013 5:26 AM

Too much reverb and echo - a sure sign of an amateur group. However most of the successful bands of this era started out this way. Listen to Anglagard for something a little more muscular in this vein.

Posted by Rathbun | May 13, 2013 7:15 AM

Trip Out!!! The acid tab is on my tongue right now!!! Wow!!! Fantastic Record!!!

Posted by Mulcahy | May 13, 2013 7:16 AM

Out of sight.

Posted by Bill | May 13, 2013 7:17 AM

Crazy good...

Posted by Tindall | May 13, 2013 7:17 AM

Superb but sadly, short lived psych band from the U.K. producing only one single for the Deram label.

Posted by Correll | May 13, 2013 7:18 AM

I'm sure it's the French Pressing it is super rare this is one of the rarest records of the world ! !

Posted by Greenwell | May 13, 2013 7:19 AM

That's some good news. Loop live was impressive. Loud and abrasive. Face-melting material. Hope they tour the US at some point.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2013 4:20 PM

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