Shout Out Louds Cure Their ‘Ills’

Pardon the punny Billboard-esque headline, but I couldn’t resist. It’s hard not to think of Robert Smith when listening to Shout Out Louds‘ great new album, Our Ill Wills. You could hear traces of it on the Stockholm quintet’s debut, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff,(the belated, slightly altered American release made my Best of 2005 list) mainly in singer Adam Olenius‘ vocals.

But for Our Ill Wills, they seem to be fully embracing their Cure love. And not the mopey goth Cure either. I’m talking the happy pop of the band’s classic 1985 album, Head on the Door. First single "Tonight I Have to Leave It" owes enough to "In Between Days" that it has to be on purpose, and it’s not a stretch to say "Normandie" resembles "Close to Me." 

Maybe it is more correct to call them nods. Those are the two most obvious examples and neither, once they get going, really sound like The Cure, it’s more a general vibe. This could be the work of producer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), or it could just be what Shout Out Louds have been listening to in the four years since Howl Howl Gaff Gaff.

The album’s best song doesn’t sound like the Cure at all. A duet with keyboardist Bebban Stenbourg (sounding a lot like Victoria Bergsman), "Impossible" is a sweeping pop song and percussion that may do for the wood block what "Young Folks" did for bongos. It sounds like a great big hug, a song worthy of Lloyd Dobbler’s boombox.

Our Ill Wills is already out in Sweden, but America will have to wait until September when Merge (who smartly picked them up after being dropped by Capitol) will release it domestically. But "Impossible" is too much of a Summer Song to have to wait till then.

MP3: Shout Out Louds – Impossible

MP3: Shout Out Louds – Normandie

If you haven’t heard Howl Howl Gaff Gaff you really should pick it up. Toby over at Finest Kiss has the mp3 of the single and an awesome remix, but here’s the "Tonight I Have to Leave It" video:


  1. In addition to the Cure influence, I hear Echo and the Bunnymen violins (the Cutter) in Normandie and even more so in South America. I think my favorite, though is the last one, Hard Rain.

  2. I think this is a great album but I have to admit that the candy-like cure flavor on much of the album grows a bit stale too fast for my personal tastes.
    Luckily, this album has 'Hard Rain' which is an almost perfect song. The female vocals take the song to a whole new level. awesome

  3. Shout out the loud band is a really nice band. And their songs are also meaningful and attract to your soul. And hope this new album will also another masterpiece of this band. I like all 4 members of this band. Their way of working is very different and quite unique. Wishing them very good luck for the future.

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