Posted in music | pictures on April 21, 2014

photos by P Squared Photography

Loop @ LPR 4/17/2014
Loop

Mr. Hampson made a rigorous return to the basics. His songs for Loop are all riff; they stick to two or three chords and they don't bother with bridges or choruses or transitions, just the primordial effects of repetition and volume as the reverberations build up. Vocals tend to get swallowed in the echo and roar; after singing the verses, Mr. Hampson moves on to lead guitar, still keeping things rudimentary, worrying a handful a notes. The music builds patiently and relentlessly until, by sheer accretion, it grows overwhelming.

That's how Thursday's set worked. The first few songs were blunt and declarative, varying the spearhead of their attack from guitar ("Soundhead") to bass ("The Nail Will Burn") to drums ("Straight to Your Heart") to all at once (the implacable power dirge of "Fade Out")...

...The riffs arrived, adamant and incantatory, while subtleties loomed amid the blare, like a particular salvo of tom-toms or shifts in the tone of the guitars. The music summoned the power of clinging to a simple idea, against all temptations, distractions or frills. - [The New York Times]

Reformed UK dronemasters Loop played their first NYC show in over two decades on Thursday (4/17) at Le Poisson Rouge, part of their tour to and from Austin Psych Fest. It was properly very loud. In addition to a selection of their own songs, they played their cover of Can's "Mother Sky." They also said they'd be back "soon." Setlist below.

We missed opener (and new Captured Tracks signee) Donovan Blanc, but Purling Hiss definitely put the crowd in the right groove for Loop's set. Pictures from their set, plus more from Loop's, below...

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SETLIST: Loop @ Le Poisson Rouge 4/17/2014
Soundhead
The Nail Will Burn
Straight to Your Heart
Fade Out
Fever Knife
Collision Time
Pulse
Arc-Lite
Vapour
Burning World
Encore:
Afterglow
Mother Sky

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Comments (31)

sick riffs

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:30 AM

Great show! Sorry to any fans of this kinda stuff that missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:34 AM

they were great in philly...not shocked to hear they were great in NY

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:38 AM

gramps with the shirt buttoned all the way up=hip gramps

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:42 AM

10:42 - "Gramps" was sonically blowing people's minds when you were probably still sucking on a teet.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:47 AM

excellent show! hope they come back soon as mentioned.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:47 AM

Yoooo Purling Hiss were real good tho

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:49 AM

Donovan Blanc was a snooze fest. Purling Hiss were ok, just your typical psych rock outfit. Loop killed it. They played loud and the sound was clear. Too bad they didn't play "black sun" tho.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 10:59 AM

so you just quote another media outlets review and add your own pix and then call it your own "review", huh

pathetic showing by a pathetic website. bk vegan is absolute dogshit

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:09 AM

The openers were so fucking bad, like, hilariously bad.

Loop was the shit. Best fuckin band. Hampson 4 prez.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:10 AM

Philly show was better.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:11 AM

Donovan Blanc was absolutely terrible abd Purling Hiss fucking sucked balls. What a shit band. Both should quit.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:12 AM

Loop were amazing. Beautifully crisp tones and riffs, and the repetition really entranced me live. Almost like good minimal techno music, but with guitars!

Purling hiss sounded like mud. The last song was kinda cool, but their poppy vocals were lame and sounded like a college stoner blues basement show band. Not sure why they keep getting good gigs

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:19 AM

donovan blanc were kids playing their first gig, puking hiss rips off every grunge band... you are smarter than i if you showed up after them.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:23 AM

Upset I had to miss this. Hope they stick to their word and come back to NY.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:26 AM

Was Purling Hiss really that bad?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:39 AM

Great show. Chris really should have turned the snare up in the monitor, though.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:40 AM

Seriously? Donovan Blanc absolutely killed it. Confused as to why they were booked with Loop, though. Perhaps this is why the majority of you hated their set. You are simply the wrong audience.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 11:48 AM

@10:47 that crowd shot doesn't exactly scream 'minds blown.' more like, 'minds bored.'

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 12:01 PM

sausage fest

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 12:15 PM

12:01 that notion that you could assume "mind blowing" or "boredom" of some random photo, or of any photo for that matter, is absolutly dumb. It was a mind blowing show and the excellent crowd took it in like in the good ole days, standing there and listening, without the mandatory millenial faux dance.

Posted by ME | April 21, 2014 12:33 PM

12:15 it was anything but, believe me. I was surprised by the diversity of age and gender in the crowd. Was great to see that. That's why I don't even bother to go through bv pics. Shows photography is such an overrated bs, never tells the real story.

And yes, openers were a waste of ear capacity.

Posted by ME | April 21, 2014 12:39 PM

12:01 likes to rub his naked and sweaty torso against other naked and sweaty torsos at hardcore shows. That's what "blows" his mind.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 12:43 PM

11:09 I'll take JON PARELES wisdom over Bill P's kindergarden language any given day.

10:47 Ageism - Ameica's new racism, brought to you by the dumbest generation ever.

Posted by ME | April 21, 2014 12:47 PM

Purling Hiss was straight up Smash mouth played too fucking loud minus any benefit of nostalgia.

Donovan Blanc was great. You're all just idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:20 PM

12:43 your homophobia is mildly amusing. please, continue.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 1:45 PM

Donovan Blanc rules. Saw them when they were Honeydrum a few years ago. SO GOOD.

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 2:16 PM

didnt think purling hiss was that bad, actually kind of fun. but i'm not a diehard fan in the loop-genre, so maybe thats my bias. slightly wrong crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | April 21, 2014 5:52 PM

Hurling Piss

Posted by Anonymous | April 22, 2014 10:32 AM

Not that any of you give a care here at BV, but the set list is wrong. They changed it and played Breathe Into Me instead of Afterglow when they first came out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 25, 2014 9:01 PM

this band is AWESOME

Posted by tracey lee | May 27, 2014 5:02 AM

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