Ton Up

So I’ve reached my one-hundredth post. That’s quite a lots seeing as I don’t do blogs.

What shall I write about?

Hmm.

How about the fact that it’s my one-hundredth post? How about nothing?

I mean, rather than turn this into some sort of magnificent occasion, with a telegram from the Queen and bunch of roses, perhaps I’ll just let it slide by in a flurry of nothingness.

In a world where every little thing is hailed as ‘epic’, where every commonplace event gets pumped up into the biggest thing ever, maybe I’ll just let it pass with barely a comment.

Maybe I won’t even post any pictures. How d’ya like them apples?

I’ll see you on the other side of 100.

With pictures and all 😀

Since writing the above something momentous has happened. Something worthy of the Ton.

Loop are releasing new material 😀

This statement is from the Loop Facebook page:

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“Towards the end of 2013 saw the reformation of one of the most revered and respected late 80’s UK alternative bands, LOOP. The group, founded by Robert Hampson, hadn’t played together since the early 90’s but got together to curate a night at the legendary All Tomorrow’s Parties at Camber Sands. US dates followed in 2014 and they then got back in the studio to start recording. The result is three brand new releases coming over the next year which see the band return to their hugely unique and era defining sound whilst sounding fresh and exciting.

The first release is ‘Array 1’, four tracks and 32 mins of haunting, aggressive, beautiful noise. ‘Precession’, ‘Aphelion’, ‘Coma’ and ‘Radial’ are the first songs to be heard from their recording session done in Sub Station Studios in Rosyth in Scotland with the current line up of Robert Hampson (vocals/guitar), Hugo Morgan (bass), Wayne Maskell (drums) and Dan Boyd (guitar). With only an early version of ‘Precession’ having had any previous outing (at a show at the Garage in London at the end of 2014), this is the very first new music from the band since their third album, 1990’s lost classic ‘A Gilded Eternity’.

The next tracks will be released in the Autumn in keeping with Loop’s previous habit of putting out music in batches, Hampson describes it as “one project, with the same concept, delivered in bulletins”.

With the music out on 22nd June 2015, this ties in with a show at the Roundhouse in London on 28th June where they are part of the line-up of ATP’s Season at the Roundhouse. The event, curated by post rock band Mogwai to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, will be spread over six nights and see performances from the likes of Public Enemy, GZA, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

22nd June (24th June for the US) – ‘Array 1’ – 4 track release

18 June HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
19 June LIVERPOOL, Kazimier
20 June GLASGOW, Barrowlands (ATP with Mogwai)
28 June LONDON, Roundhouse (ATP with GZA)”

And here’s the first track from Array 1, Precession –  http://www.stereogum.com/1796516/loop-precession-stereogum-premiere/mp3s/
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I’m delirious.

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