Live review: Husky Loops @ EBGBS, Liverpool, 24/10/18
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London-Italian art rock three-piece, Husky Loops, refuse to be pigeonholed; from their
Support act Rivia
Nevertheless, the creeping bass of 'Fighting Myself' kicks their set off, as drums clash against brittle guitar lines. It discusses the hindrance of general anxiety as frontman Danio Forni spits out lines "too tough to shop at Tesco's today". It’s obvious to see the profound influence culture has on the band, from the cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Interstellar Overdrive’, to the sample of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You’ before their pissed off pop song ‘20 Blanks’.
Projected visuals of anatomy to the deranged and clips from various cult movies pulsate against the wall. It's interesting to see how they incorporate such a spectrum of influence into the set and still keep it tight and coherent. '20 Blanks' is a particularly poignant point in the set, as it proves its own point, looking at the
‘Daft’ is where the band
Tracks like ‘Dead’ show a heavier side, as they experiment with industrial-rock and themes of mortality and insanity. A highlight of the night occurs when the band
The band complete their set with 'Everytime I Run', a track that was deservedly featured on the FIFA 19 soundtrack. Accompanied by visuals from cult movies such as The Breakfast Club and Forrest Gump, it flits between sonic snippets and an anthemic chorus, building a sense of comradery between the group of boys at the front who fling their arms around each other, beer in hand, singing the words straight back. Incorporating hip-hop samples into what could be naively seen as an indie-rock piece could be confusing, but it adds depth to the song in the form of a grooving hedonism. Husky Loops are a band for the modern age - a modern age that needs to wake up and nurture innovative talent.
Husky Loops continue to prove why they are one of the most interesting new bands in the industry right now, by providing an endlessly puzzling yet intriguing live show. Though they could have relied heavily on gimmicks, it is the sheer talent and sonic bravery of the outfit that carries them to glory. Husky Loops; music is meant for venues of a larger capacity, now they just need the fan base to get there.
Images courtesy of Lucy McLachlan