Loop — “Forever”
So Loop played in Toronto last night; I’d been planning to go ever since the tour announced, then realized I didn’t even have the spare money to buy a ticket, then my saint of a dad heard about that and gave me a bit of money so that I could go. I am so, so grateful that he did; it’d been 24 years (by Robert Hampson’s estimation) since they’d been in town and who knows if they’ll make it back? And the show was… fairly monumental. As I mentioned last night, I should have worn earplugs, but honestly it was only during the encore that my ears started actively feeling it (I’m sure some damage was done before that, but…) and it just sounded so incredible. I’m not going to get too much into why I think Loop are a great band here; I’ve written enough about that already.
It was pretty much everything I could have wanted from Loop live; endless bad trip nirvana, so deep in the pocket they formed their own gravity well. I know they’re influenced as much by Krautrock as anything else, but except for the brain-frying Can cover I don’t hear much of a literal influence in most of their songs. Stuff like “Forever,” especially live, I hear more as almost proto-doom metal, honestly. I don’t know if I even would want to hear new material from Loop (although certainly more from them than, say, the Pixies). But then again before last night I would have said the last thing I needed from Loop was Hampson being personable, even impish, but a very drunk older guy who had ALL THEIR RECORDS and loved them SO MUCH and felt like between every song he had to be THE MOST IMPORTANT GUY IN THE ROOM gave him plenty of opportunity to be so, and it was delightful. And of course, every time the band was ready, they were instantly so loud we couldn’t hear drunk mr “I’m a REAL FAN” guy anymore.
The setlist was pretty evenly divided between their albums and had a healthy amount of nonalbum material too; I didn’t walk away wishing they’d played x or y, because everything they did play was so great. And one reason I hope they do make it back, and soon, is that Loop could easily have played a completely different set of songs and it would have been just as great a show. Bummer jams forever.
(“Shot With a Diamond” taped intro)
The Nail Will Burn
Straight to Your Heart
Breathe Into Me
Mother Sky (Can cover)