“As confrontational as Danny Dyer on a Friday night Wetherspoons bender” – NME (Radar – Band Of The Week)
“If Loom wanted to condense their anger and thirst to defy pesky labels into one perfect gem, then they’ve more than succeeded.”– DIY
“…emanating charisma with every snarl”-The Line Of Best Fit
“Over their 5 years of activity, the British combo gained notable props for their disquieting attitude inspired by the likes of GG Allin and Misfits, creating a powerful, angry sound.”– Loud & Quiet
“…bracing, thrilling and ultimately inspiring.” – CLASH
“Loom have served up some first class high adrenaline sounds”
– The BEAT
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Having received critical acclaim from the likes of Zane Lowe, Daniel P Carter, NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Loud & Quiet, The BEAT, Kerrang! and DIY, and with a string of renowned live shows supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes in their wake, now LOOM have released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album via Silent Cult Records.
Two years in the making, LOOM’s 10 track self-titled debut features the bands previous singles ‘Nailbender’, ‘Hate’, ‘Lice’ and ‘Bleed On Me’ along with eight brand new tracks.
The tracklisting is as follows:
3. Get A Taste
7. Bleed On Me
9. Barbed Wire
10. Slowly Freezing Heart
Alongside the release LOOM have also announced three new UK live dates alongside Black Peaks. They will be playing the following shows:
4th July – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – Tickets
5th July – Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent – Tickets
6th July – Forum, Tunbridge Wells – Tickets
Loom formed through a shared distaste, boredom, and frustration with new music. They recorded and released two cassettes within their first year, the latter being a showcase of their most prominent initial influences – a six-track covers ep of The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Pixies, GG Allin, Misfits, and Warsaw. They felt that it was a necessity to broadcast their intent as a band as aggressively and directly as possible.
Off the back of those first releases the band earned plaudits from the likes of Zane Lowe and Daniel P Carter at BBC Radio 1, supported The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park and over the past few years toured across the UK and Germany with artists including Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Queen Kwong, and Turbowolf, along with a number of headline tours.
Loom took a step back from the initial ‘hype’, with frontman Tarik Badwan saying “Labels and journalists were quick to assume we had a certain sound and wanted to have an influence on that.” The band didn’t want to make someone else’s idea of a debut album.
The songs Loom have written needed to be presented exactly how they want them to be. They didn’t want to be accused of contrived revivalism or as part of a particular scene. They needed to find the right producers and the right label to understand where they were coming from. The band recorded half of their debut album themselves and the other half with John Coxon at the legendary Ray Davies’ Konk studios.
The result is a collection of songs that are made cohesive by the aggression that runs throughout them. It very much spans the spectrum of sub-genres that all essentially come from that same place – tracks such as ‘Lice’, ‘Bleed On Me’ and ‘Hate’ all merge that 70’s Stooges punk thrust and a 90’s grunge infused sound, meanwhile ‘Barbed Wire’ exhibits a more classic US hardcore punk drive, whilst ‘Seasick’ calls to mind the sounds of The Melvins. Later tracks such as ‘Nailbender’ even leans towards a more Metal-influenced Misfits-esque goth-punk sound.
The debut album is the biggest statement a band makes and Loom have spent the best part of four years preparing theirs. Having perfected the ten tracks that make up their self-titled album and with a vast range of critical acclaim, renowned live shows and a series of sold out releases in their arsenal, it’s obvious Loom now have everything they need to show everyone what they’re capable of on their own terms.