Photograph by Christian Coinbergh

Photograph by Christian Coinbergh

Since releasing their first album in 2003, Shout Out Louds have played everything from Strokes-esque garage rock to orchestrated indie pop, and the evolution continues on their most recent release, Work. Written while the band were apart at global extremes, then recorded with Phil Elk in Stockholm, their third album strips away many musical elements leaving a much more adult pop/rock sound. Bass player Ted Malmros answered some of our questions about the creation of the new album, the state of the band, and touring plans.

Shout Out Louds – Walls
Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have to Leave It
Shout Out Louds – Please Please Please

Daniel: Could you describe the state of your band in one sentence?

Ted Malmros: Nervous but good.

Daniel: According to your press release, writing songs, recording, and touring is your work, thus your album’s title, Work. Although I like that this means you’ll hopefully be releasing many more albums, isn’t the point of being a rock star to escape the mundane routine of everyday “work”?

Ted: Work should be fun. People with boring jobs should quit them and get a more stimulating ones. We like our work. And yes, I think you can expect some more albums for sure.

Daniel: Your bandmates were all over the world (Stockholm, Los Angeles, Melbourne) while the songs for the new album were being created. What effect did this have on the recording process?

Ted: To be honest, I think we really needed a break from each other and more importantly we needed some time off “work”, but I don’t recommend writing songs from far apart. It was a bit difficult when we finally met to put it all together. Big parts of the music were written then in Stockholm.

Daniel: On Work you take your sound in a different direction from your last album Our Ill Wills, removing much of the orchestration and really paring it down to the basics. What inspired this shift?

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— , February 27, 2010    Comments Off on Shout Out Louds

The first ever Ca Va Cool mix includes some highlights from the writers’ favourite albums, EPs, and singles of 2007. Pretty representative of what was important this year in indie pop, rock, and dance (indie being a sound, attitude, and aesthetic, rather than commercial means). This was a team effort, and you know what they say about herd mentality: it’s never wrong.

01. Spoon – The Underdog
02. Shout Out Louds – Tonight I Have to Leave It
03. Tokyo Police Club – Box
04. The Teenagers – Homecoming
05. The Shins – Australia
06. Radiohead – House of Cards
07. Basia Bulat – I Was a Daughter
08. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
09. The New Pornographers – My Right Versus Yours
10. Panda Bear – Comfy in Nautica
11. The National – Slow Show
12. Miracle Fortress – Maybe Lately
13. Two Hours Traffic – Stuck for the Summer
14. LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
15. Jens Lekman – The Opposite of Hallelujah
16. Handsome Furs – Handsome Furs Hate This City
17. Feist – Past in Present
18. Justice – D.A.N.C.E.
19. Stars – Window Bird
20. The Cribs – Moving Pictures
21. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Satan Said Dance
22. Black Kids – I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You
23. Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost
24. Arcade Fire – The Well and the Lighthouse
25. Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song

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— , December 25, 2007    4 Comments

Arcade Fire

Ca Va Cool is no Family guy, but some have complained that I haven’t written a post in a while, and that makes me feel all warm inside. Am I a lazy bastard? Some would say yes, but I’m gonna go with maybe. How could I have used part of this summer to watch marathons of horror movies with friends and not update this site which I love so dearly? I’m a man of action, so rather than explain my “absence”, I’m gonna start updating this site as much as it deserves. And since I’m going back to university in September, this is pretty much guaranteed, as Ca Va Cool is my favourite study break. So without further ado, I give you my summer music recap…

Arcade Fire‘s second album Neon Bible gets better every time I listen to it. Every review talks about how its such a deep artistic record like the first one. It is, but the reason I like it more and more is that it reveals itself to be a rocking record more and more.  “Keep the Car Running” and “No Cars Go” are just plain good rock songs. They build, they’re upbeat, and they’re even pretty danceable (although those may all mean the same thing). Arcade Fire even even gets radio play with them. But that might just be because I live in Canada.

Arcade Fire – No Cars Go

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— , August 5, 2007    Comments Off on Summer 2007 Music Recap

Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds are going to be releasing their second album Our Ill Wills in Sweden on April 25 on Bud Fox Recordings. An international release will follow but they’re kicking off the promotion with a European tour, hopefully with a North American tour afterwards. The first single is “Tonight I Have to Leave It” and shows that they haven’t lost their knack.

The album is produced by Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn And John, not the first collaboration since the Peter Bjorn And John video for “Young Folks” was directed by Ted Malmros, bassist for the Shouts. I just love that song and video so much that I’m going to include it in the post. Click on the (more…) link below to check out the best pop song of 2006.



— , April 4, 2007    Comments Off on New Shout Out Louds Single and Album