Belgian emotive post hardcore punk rockers LOUD LOVE just released “Rookie Nightmare”, the second single taken of their upcoming EP, which is due out on CD/LP and digital on October 8th via White Russian Records. It follows up “Vox Populi”, the EP opener that was released earlier this year.
On their second EP, Loud Love successfully and wholeheartedly perfects their signature ecstatic, melodic sound in which their love of 90’s-00’s hardcore punk enters into a passionate, energetic and always catchy marriage with contemporary post-hardcore and indie rock. Recorded and produced by 6th band member Frank Rotthier, “EP II” sounds urgent, powerful and even more dynamic and aggressive but at the same time shows an extra emphasis on killer hooks and pure melody.
Lyrically, this time around, both political, social issues (for example, in the furious first single Vox Populi) and more introspective themes are addressed. Loud Love believes music gives us all the ability to scream, when we are silenced. To be rebellious when we are told to walk in line. To be heartbroken when life doesn’t allow us to be. To be euphoric when we are asked to ‘tone it down’….
The common thread on EP II is “the great desire”, the unbridled passion and the burning “lust for life” that continuously resounds in every drumbeat, every riff, every bass attack, every word that’s sung… Elated and high on life but at the same time a warm and welcome embrace when life is about to crush you. Loud Love believes in music that gives you the strength to choose life.
Carpe fucking diem!
The new EP will be out on CD/LP and digital on White Russian Records. The CD and the clear LP with pink and mint splatter can be ordered at this location.
Music gives us the ability to scream, when we are silenced. To be rebellious when we are told to walk in line. To be heartbroken when life doesn’t allow us to be. To be euphoric when we are asked to ‘tone it down’ and to be footloose in a town called Bomont. Usually we find these different moods on different songs or records. Loud Love tries and succeeds to bundle all these emotions in one sound, in one record.
If you are familiar with the Belgian hardcore scene Loud Love might have a recognisable sound. Most notably because vocalist Dries used to take care of vocal duties in Circle and The Setup, David, Kristof, Bert and Lars were active in bands like Cast-Down, El Mirage, Burned At Open Sea and We’rewolves.. A pretty impressive hardcore pedigree, that immediately explains why their debut 5-song E.P. sounded so mature and complete and was so well received.
The first EP and live-reputation paved the way to numerous shows and festivals. Life of Agony, for instance, personally chose Loud Love to open up for them in the Metropole in Hengelo and the summer of 2020 was looking bright and promising, with planned shows at Ieperfest, Revelation Fest and Picking Bones Fest amongst others. And then Covid happened…
But with this setback the band surely didn’t go into hibernation. During their last rehearsal, just minutes before Belgiums first lockdown, the band recorded the demo of what would become their second EP. During the lockdown, Loud Love put its creativity to work, by doing home-recordings to polish the songs of the upcoming EP and also making a funny, heartfelt lockdown video. While temperatures rose and summer kicked in, the band dove into the refreshing pooles of Rockstar Recording Studio and Trix Studio to record their second EP, with safeguard, recording engineer and sixth band member Frank Rotthier. These recordings were just recently fully completed due to the covid safety measures – and will be released in October 2021 on White Russian Records.
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