This Swedish indie pop quintet was formed in 2001 when childhood pals Adam (vocals, guitars), Carl (guitars) and Ted (bass) realized that, since they all liked the same records, there was (according to their official bio) "really no point in not starting a band." They were soon joined by drummer Eric and female vocalist and keyboardist Bebban, and the fledgling band recorded a three song demo. Their catchy, energetic sound (described as '60s pop infused with '80s and '90s indie rock) caught the attention of Filip Wilén, owner of Sweden's Bud Fox Recordings, and they were signed to the label shortly after. In 2003, they recorded a locally successful EP, 100°, and toured Scandanavia. In 2004, they recorded their first full length album Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, which, again, garnered them a huge following in their homeland. Their fame quickly spread to the U.S. thanks to their music being featured on the hit show The OC as well a tour with the successful U.S. indie outfit The Dears. They were quickly signed by Capitol Records who released the U.S. version of Howl Howl Gaff Gaff in May 2005. Shout Out Louds' hit singles include "Hurry Up Let's Go," "Shut Your Eyes," "Please Please Please," and "Very Loud/Wish I Was Dead."
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In-depth Biography Formed in Stockholm by childhood friends Adam Olenius (vocals), Ted Malmros (bass), and Carl von Arbin (guitars), Shout Out Louds found an international audience during the early 2000s with their peppy Swedish pop. The lineup began taking shape in 2001, with drummer Eric Edman and keyboardist Bebban Stenborg climbing aboard shortly thereafter. Shout Out Louds wasted little time writing songs, the first three of which formed the basis of their first demo tape. The music caught the ear of Filip Wilén, owner of Sweden's Bud Fox Recordings, and he quickly signed the group to his label. Shout Out Louds then spent the majority of 2002 writing more songs, and December found them recording their debut EP. 100°, which was released in 2003. The group's high-energy, ultra-melodic sound was in place from the very beginning.
The band toured around Sweden and Scandinavia in support of 100°, whose release was followed by two singles, "Hurry Up Let's Go" and "Shut Your Eyes." In October 2003, the group released its first album, Howl Howl Gaff Gaff, to great acclaim in Sweden. The band spent the following year touring, releasing additional material ("Please Please Please," "Very Loud/Wish I Was Dead," and the Oh, Sweetheart EP), and inking an American deal with Capitol Records. The U.S. version of Howl Howl Gaff Gaff was released in May 2005, featuring songs from the Swedish release plus some early singles and EP tracks. A tour of the U.S. with indie darlings the Dears helped boost the band's profile, as did airplay on The OC. Despite such growing success, the band's 2007 album -- Our Ill Wills, produced by Björn Yttling -- was a somber, melancholy affair, replete with icy synths and Cure-inspired vocals. Another round of tour dates kept the bandmates busy until mid-2008, at which point they decided to take a half-year hiatus.
March 2009 found the musicians reconvening in Stockholm to write new material, and by August the band had decamped to Seattle to begin recording with producer Phil Ek. Their third album Work arrived in early 2010. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi