With House, Shout Out Louds share a collection of songs attuned to the strange poetry of everyday life, the kind of small and subtle moments that together form the very texture of our existence.
On House, guitarist/vocalist Adam Olenius, keyboardist Bebban Stenborg, guitarist Carl von Arbin, and bassist Ted Malmros ponder such matters as mental unrest, growing older, and the fragility of love with an unblinking realism that’s endlessly brightened by their heavenly melodies and indelibly warm sound. The result being a body of work beautifully suited to getting lost in what Olenius refers to as, “the little house inside your head.”
Produced by Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling (Lykke Li, Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream), who also helmed Shout Out Louds’ acclaimed sophomore album Our Ill Wills, House marks a purposeful departure from the grand and lush vibe of 2017’s Ease My Mind. House is the most raw, intimate album Shout Out Louds has created.
To that end, this time the band recorded live and embraced a post-punk inspired minimalism that magnifies the raw emotion of each song and fully harnesses the effusive energy they’ve brought to stages around the world playing with bands like the Strokes and Depeche Mode, and at major festivals like Coachella.
Arriving 20 years after Shout Out Louds delivered their debut single “Very Loud,” House encapsulates a band deepened by the emotional weight of experience yet entirely in touch with the pure joy of creation.
“We still love what we’re doing and get along like we did when we were 15, which is crazy but such a great feeling,” says Olenius. “It makes us really happy that we’re still able to travel around the world and hear from people that our music’s helped them in some way. We just want to create a space for people to be completely themselves, and to get a little closer to wherever they’re hoping to go in life.”