Swans – The Fall – Royal Trux – Loop
28th May 2017
Fighting Boredom’s photographer Martin Ward is partial to a bit of Loop, so he has spent most of the last bank holiday weekend trekking around the country watching them in Bristol and London. For the Manchester date he was joined by Adrian Bloxham and Loop were joined by Swans, the Fall and Royal Trux, we were not going to miss this one.
The first band we see are Loop, the last time the snapper saw Loop would have been about twenty four hours ago, for me, about twenty years. The lights go down, the band take the stage, pick up guitars and as strobes shatter eyes a huge wall of guitar and bass erupts from the speakers and takes you away. The sound is relentless and massive. The bass and drums meld into one solid entity and the guitars form a wall around them. Robert plays over the top and that seems to make you focus even more on the repetitive noise and the sound circling back on itself.
They slide into a low down dirty groove that again goes around and around as Robert’s tuneful and high vocal just adds to the song.