Shout Out Louds To Tour North America In May With Freelance Whales

posted March 12, 2010

Shout Out Louds To Tour North America In May With Freelance Whales

Merge Records is excited to announce that Sweden's Shout Out Louds will be embarking on a North American tour during the month of May with Brooklyn buzz band Freelance Whales. With the band's new album, "Work," in stores and online now, the tour begins on May 2 at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, and will culminate with a performance at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA, on May 22. Last week the band performed a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg where they performed tracks off their new album as well as crowd favorites from their previous two full-lengths.

In addition to the upcoming tour, the band just issued a mini-documentary on the making of Work titled "Shout Out Louds ... at Work." Directed by the band's bassist and renowned video director Ted Malmros, "Shout Out Louds ... at Work" provides a deep glimpse into the process that went into the creation of the songs that make up the new studio album. Esquire Magazine recently commended the band and their track "Walls," naming it March's "Perfect Pop Song of the Month" and describing it as a "truly memorable moment -- too rarely does a modern pop song leave you humming an old-fashioned man-made piano hook."

Through the alluring moving images and stills taken from interviews with the band and Phil Ek, their producer, to the Washington woodlands where "Work" was recorded, the mini-documentary presents itself as a diary that captures all of the emotions evoked from the pressure, as well as the excitement, of creating such a highly anticipated release.

"Work" is the band's third album and second for Merge. Recently regarded by Rolling Stone Magazine as an album that "brilliantly works a classic indie look: airy, sleek, gingerly heroic guitar zone-outs about a love-starved dude's battle against emotional torpor," Work was recorded in Seattle and produced by Phil Ek (The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses). After a year of touring behind their acclaimed second record, Our Ill Wills, the band went their separate ways -- singer/main songwriter Adam Olenius to Melbourne, Australia, keyboard/vocalist Bebban Stenborg to Los Angeles, drummer Eric Edman, bassist Ted Malmros and guitarist Carl von Arbin back to Stockholm - and took a much needed break. Olenius wrote many of the new songs in Australia in a tiny room with a little synthesizer, an acoustic guitar and Garageband on his laptop. He passed them on to the others who listened closely from their corners of the world, questioning and challenging him until the songs that make up "Work" had all passed the test.

Video "Shout Out Louds ... at Work"

Shout Out Louds will be bringing their engaging live show to the following North American venues throughout May with Freelance Whales:

  • 02 May Washington, 9:30 Club
  • 03 May Philadelphia, First Unitarian Church
  • 05 May New York, Webster Hall
  • 06 May Boston, Paradise
  • 07 May Montreal, Cabaret Music Hall
  • 08 May Toronto, Mod Club
  • 10 May Chicago, Lincoln Hall
  • 11 May Minneapolis, Varsity Theater
  • 14 May Vancouver, Commodore Ballroom
  • 15 May Seattle, Neumos
  • 16 May Portland, Doug Fir
  • 18 May San Francisco, Great American Music Hall
  • 20 May Los Angeles, El Rey
  • 21 May Los Angeles, El Rey (Sold Out!)
  • 22 May San Diego, House of Blues