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CD Review: The Shout Out Louds 'Tonight I Have To Leave It' EP

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Artist: The Shout Out Louds
Album: Tonight I Have To Leave It (EP)
Release Date: July 2007
Label: Merge Records

If you missed the Shout Out Louds at the El Rey during their whirlwind pass through LA in mid-July you should definitely check out the EP they were touring to support. Basically the release is a glorified CD single with 3 versions of 'Tonight I Have To Leave It' (including a Russian Futurists remix, sadly repetitive, and a Kleerup remix which was a pretty darn good technoification of the tune). But wait, there's more: two other tracks on the EP are 'Don't Get Yourself Involved' which existing Shout Out Louds fans will enjoy but wasn't a groundbreaker for me, and a really fantastic Pogues cover, 'Streams of Whiskey'. Between the title track and the Pogues cover I was really enamoured by the group of Swedes.

'Tonight I Have To Leave It' (video featured above) is very reminiscent of the Cure's 'In Between Days' with some crazy cowbell/bottle rhythm track setting it apart. These guys seem like a lot of fun, I will definitely check out their album, Our Ill Wills, when it comes out in September and I will be on top of reporting when they hit LA during their October tour. In the meantime, I highly recommend the EP as a holdover.