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Arts and Entertainment

Shout Out Louds @ The El Rey - 7/19/07

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Further proving my theory that Swedish pop will eventually show us the way to world peace, every brand, make, and model of human being showed up for the Shout Out Louds at the El Rey on Thursday night.

The stage looked fancy and nautical with clothesline-esque flags hanging about. Charming, though not big on banter, the heavily accented ensemble played straight through their set, stopping briefly to mention they were from Stockholm and that this was the biggest crowd they had played to in Los Angeles.

This band is a caricature of a band. You’ve got the bass player with a pointy, black, knit cap who bounces around the stage like a rubber garden gnome, the front man who sounds like Robert Smith but in a way that makes you think he's never even heard of The Cure , the unsmiling, moppy-haired guitar player who’s as cute as he is tall, the norse-pixie Moogist standing pretty and uninterested by the keyboard who occasionally shakes a tambourine or picks up a harmonica, and the drummer who’s bald and has a woodblock. What’s not to love?

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Expect pretty melodies and catchy hooks from their second album, Our Ill Wills, due to arrive in America on September 11.

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