Stockholm’s Shout Out Louds saved the best for last at Lincoln Hall last night. They closed out a 17 song, eighty minute set with ‘Walls,’ one of the best songs of 2010, from their Merge release Work.
The five-piece favored 2010’s Work on this night, but also delved into hits from 2007’s Our Ill Wills. They set off a gleeful uproar with ‘Tonight I Have To Leave It’ and its double cowbell part played by frontman Adam Olenius. The group has matured in leaps and bounds from their early days when I used to think Olenius sounded painfully similar to Robert Smith of The Cure.
The setlist was expertly sequenced mixing between up tempo rave-ups and the sashaying sway of songs like ‘Too Late Too Slow.’ It was one of my favorites with the lines “Wait…/You tell me to fight the power/ Then go and call me a coward…/I’m not ignoring/I’m just not around no more.
Sweden can be proud of this export. I would not hesitate to see Shout Out Louds again soon. On the other hand, openers Freelance Whales are a very missable act. For lack of a better parallel, they are a poor man’s Postal Service and in my opinion, a bad omen for the type of talent Frenchkiss records has been signing of late.
2. Throwing Stones
3. Please Please Please
4. Play The Game
5. Tonight I Have To Leave It
6. Paper Moon
7. Show Me Something New
8. The Candle Burned Out
9. Normandie – Played by audience request
10. The Comeback
11. Fall Hard
12. Too Late Too Slow
13. Time Left For Love
14. Very Loud/Walk Like An Egyptian
16. You Are Dreaming