|Shout Out Louds at Webster Hall|
The Shout Out Loud’s kicked off the year with the release of their fourth full-length album Optic, and have been touring since. Last week the Swedes showered Webster Hall with their new sound: more new wave (think New Order and The Cure) less quirky, garage band (think hellogoodbye).
|Adam singing in the crowd|
There’s a nuanced glam to their show; drama without the theatrics. Singer Adam Olenius capped the night by jumping into the audience and belting, “Tonight I Have to Leave It” surrounded by his fans.
The single “Illusions” was especially enchanting heard live. The audience absorbed every note, completely engaged the whole night, at times, to a fault. Shout out to the kid who held up his iPad and filmed the entirety of the set (eek, now I know why the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s posted that sign for their show).
Toward the end of the night Adam reflected on the band’s growth, as he spanned the packed (if not sold out) crowd at Webster Hall. It was a much different scene from the early days when they played to “25 buckets”, set up to catch the water dripping from the ceiling of a broken-down New York venue they once played.
The Shout Out Louds are touring North America now through October. See their full schedule here.
Photos and reporting by Emily Cadman