Looms

Looms' "Eclipse" is an ode to emotional paralysis - live at Berlin 3.28

It’s hard not bask in the languid world of “Eclipse,” the first single off dream punk act Looms’ new record The Way Up. Written after a summer tour and a break up, frontman Sharif Mekawy’s lyrics about “wishing the moon would make it dark” embody a passive paralysis, the feeling of watching the hours tick by, a stupor from the reception of unexpected and unpleasant news. Looms’ interweaving guitars bolster this vibe, its impressive sundrenched noodling a sonic representation of the frustration that lies just below the surface. And while the Brooklyn four piece may have chosen to name this track after a solar eclipse, it feels just like a lazy afternoon in how it encapsulates the boring-to-death moments in between the events that define our lives. Give it a listen below, and catch Looms at Berlin on March 28th alongside Color Tongue, Monoculture, and Huh. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt), Photo by Liz Maney

   

National Sawdust's Revolution #20 is happening 10/21

National Sawdust is dropping yet another eclectic showcase with their latest Revolution show. On Saturday, October 21st, Revolution #20 will play host yet again to Brooklyn and Harlem based artists that are pushing the evolution of their genres. This weekend features Chandanie, Looms and Shareef Keyes and The Groove, who has a new a single coming out on 10/21 that features Ghostface Killah. According to the National Sawdust, the "series supports revolutionary artistry and how important music is to healing, in all aspects of life." Check it out for yourself here, and in the meantime, stream these video by the three local artists, below. - Olivia Sisinni

   

Looms premiere 'Beach Day + tour the US in August

Brooklyn Indie rockers Looms premier their brand new song "Beach Day" exclusively on The Deli Mag today. Despite the track’s lively pace, there is a contemplative, melancholy vibe running throughout it. Liberal use of jazzy minor and seventh chords create a breezy atmosphere for lyrical content that suggests discontent. “But I know - I'll get over this one. In time – I might not care” sings vocalist Sharif Mekawy in the airy chorus. A surprisingly tasty ten second guitar solo emerges during the songs zenith, underscoring Looms admitted admiration for bands like Wilco, Muse and Radiohead. The two song EP “Sleeping Days” (which includes also track “Sunday Blues”) was recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, mixed at Gearbox Recording Studio in Paramus, NJ and mastered at Turtletone Studio in NYC. The official release date is 8/5 via Portland Oregon’s Dazzleships Records, with the band scheduled to tour the Pacific Northwest in August. The quartet will also be playing a Live To Tape session at Chemistry Creative this Saturday night.  - Dave Cromwell - photo by Thomas Ignatius

   

Seen at Northside: Pooch, Looms, Secret Crush, Fat Heaven and Future Punx

In the dim backroom of Greenpoint’s Matchless Bar, Brooklyn-based, Skidmore College-rooted quartet Pooch started the evening off with a warm set of songs that touched on several kinds of rock (indie, psychedelic, maybe even surf) that particularly captivated thanks to frontman Jonathan Benbeniste. With a warbled timbre reminiscent of Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz and a formidable yet welcoming stage presence, Benbeniste ushered his bandmates through guitar solos, electronic loops, and drum riots that showed a group furthering their cohesiveness.

Fellow Brooklyn rockers Looms took the stage next, playing loose tracks that thrilled with their spindly guitars and calmed with their plaintive keys. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Sharif Mekawy certainly was engaging, especially during the four-piece’s closer: a cover of Radiohead’s “Bodysnatchers.” Simulating Thom Yorke’s vocal idiosyncrasies on the keyboard and belting the beautifully pained line, “I have no idea what I’m talking about,” Mekawy put a wonderfully electrified spin on the 'In Rainbows' cut.

Then came Secret Crush. As its lead singer’s triangular, red guitar foreshadowed, the Bushwick-based outfit performed mostly joyous electric rock tracks while periodically dipping into the tremulous madness of Deerhunter. Through guitar lines that changed volumes (at times low, at others house-breaking) and songs that began with an ominous recorded voice, however, the Brooklyn quartet blended these disparate sounds into their own odd-rock.

Bassist Jack Counce of the next band, Fat Heaven (pictured), wore a Heatmiser shirt but the New York-based trio sounded a bit more like Nirvana (or, perhaps, a grungier Green Day) than that Elliott Smith-co-founded group. Over Gayla Brooks’ extremely fast drumming, lead singer Travis Yablon yelled into the microphone ferociously yet sweetly, delivering such lines as, “Will you walk with me?” There was warmth in the chaos.

To end this by-now-rainy night, the aptly-named Brooklyn quartet Future Punx (a recent Deli NYC record of the month) put on a danceable set at Cameo Gallery. Assuming the stage like aliens come down to party, the post wave band bounced into a set of electronic trances, skittering guitars, and rubbery basslines. The Devo and Blondie of the late ‘70s and The Human League’s early ‘80s hit “Don’t You Want Me” were clearly heard in these songs but Future Punx is not a gimmick. Refreshingly, they just seem to not take themselves too seriously and, as a result, allow for a good time.  – Zach Weg

   

NYC lounge rockers Looms release "Happiness" from upcoming debut album

Brooklyn lounge rock band, Looms, are set to release their debut album entitled "Waking Days," and we are streaming here their first single, “Happiness.” The title is actually deceitful, since the song depicts happiness as the façade in a relationship. This is actually a break up tune, which comes in gentle on keyboards (electric piano is a signature sound here), then aggressively builds up in tension, exploding in a chorus filled with louder guitar power chords and vocals. The soul/rock-influenced quartet, which underwent a name change recently, has been at it since 2012 and plans on forging through 2015 with "Waking Days" in tow. - Robert Frezza