LOOP – ” Heaven’s End “

Posted: September 11, 2022 in MUSIC

British primal psych band Loop was formed in London in 1986 by Robert Hampson on guitar and vocals and Beki Stewart (Bex) on drums.

With the arrival of James Endeacott on second guitar, drummer John Wills, and bassist Neil MacKay, Loop adopted a more primal, rhythmic approach and put out their debut full-length, 1987’s “Heavens End”.

The band hypnotized all with their discordant, trance-like spell which served as an antidote to the prevailing trends in British pop at the time; they resurrected the concept of loud, out-there rock for a new era, creating droning soundscapes of bleak beauty and harsh dissonance loosely influenced by The Velvet Underground, The Stooges, The MC5, but retaining the avant-garde and experimental edge of Can, Faust, Neu!, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, and minimalist systems music.

Loop, who broke up in 1991, reactivated for some reunion shows in 2013 and ‘14. By the end of 2014, it had reconstituted in a new line-up, with Hampson the sole continuing member. “I don’t think it would’ve worked if we’d continued working with the line-up as it was,” Hampson reflects. “We’d all outgrown each other. I don’t think it would’ve been very successful. We deliberately kept it brief.”  Following the 2015 release of the EP “Array 1”, the group’s been silent on the recording front. But in November of last year, they announced “Sonancy” the first proper Loop’s full-length since 1991’s “A Gilded Eternity”.

“Heaven’s End” originally released 1987 ,

Track Listing : 1.Soundhead 2.Straight to Your Heart 3.Forever 4.Heaven’s End 5.Too Real To Feel 6.Fix to Fall 7.Head On 8.Carry Me 9.Rocket USA 10.Soundhead (original mix) 11.Head On (original mix) 12.Soundhead (Peel Session) 13.Straight to Your Heaven (Peel Session) 14.Rocket USA (Peel Session)

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