Loop (band)

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Loop performing in 1989
Background information
Origin Croydon, Surrey, England
Genres
Years active1986–1991, 2013–present
Labels Situation Two, Chapter 22 Records, Reactor, Head
Associated acts Main, The Hair and Skin Trading Company
Past members Robert Hampson
Becky Stewart (Bex)
John Wills
Glen Ray
James Endeacott
Neil Mackay
Scott Dowson
Hugo Morgan
Dan Boyd
Wayne Maskell

Loop are an English rock band, formed in 1986 by Robert Hampson in Croydon. [7] The group topped the UK independent charts with their albums Fade Out (1989) and A Gilded Eternity (1990). Their dissonant "trance-rock" sound drew on the work of artists like the Stooges and Can, [8] and helped to resurrect the concept of space rock in the late 1980s. [1]

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Robert Hampson British guitarist

Joshua Robert Hampson is an English musician and composer, known primarily as a guitarist in the band Loop, which he co-founded in London in 1985 with his then-girlfriend Becky "Bex" Stewart. Loop recorded three albums, the last of which, A Gilded Eternity (1990), made the UK album charts. Following the band's breakup, Hampson formed the experimental project Main with Scott Dawson.

Croydon town in South London, England

Croydon is a metropolitan district and a large town in south London, England, 9.4 miles (15.1 km) south of Charing Cross. The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy.

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The group split in 1991, with Hampson going on to form the experimental project Main with guitarist Scott Dawson, and Mackay and Wills forming The Hair and Skin Trading Company. In 2013, the 1989–90 lineup of Hampson, Dawson, John Wills, and Neil Mackay briefly reformed for a series of gigs, and the following year Hampson unveiled a new lineup of the band with himself as the sole original member.

Main (band) British ambient band

Main were a British band formed in 1991 by guitarists Robert Hampson and Scott Dowson, both formerly of the English rock band Loop. Drawing on that group's experimentation with drones and guitar texture, the duo moved further into ambient sound, eventually abandoning traditional percussion and rhythm altogether. They released a number of albums and EPs to critical praise in the 1990s. Dawson left the group in 1996.

The Hair and Skin Trading Company is a British drone / avant-noise group, formed in 1991 by ex-Loop members Neil Mackay (vocals/bass) and John Wills (drums). Joined by guitarist Nigel Webb and Richard Johnston on samples, they released their debut album Jo in Nine G Hell on Beggars Banquet Records in 1992. They also played the Reading Festival that year, with tours of Europe, U.S.A. and the U.K, following their subsequent releases.

Career

Loop were formed in 1986 by Robert Hampson (vocals, guitar), with his then-girlfriend Becky Stewart on drums. Stewart was later replaced by John Wills (The Servants) and Glen Ray, with James Endeacott on guitar. [9] [10] Initially releasing records on Jeff Barrett's Head label, their first release was 1987's "16 Dreams", with debut album Heaven's End following later that year. The band was then signed up by Chapter 22 Records.

The Servants

The Servants were an indie band formed in 1985 in Hayes, Middlesex, England by singer-songwriter David Westlake. The band was the original home of Luke Haines.

<i>Heavens End</i> 1987 studio album by Loop

Heaven's End is the debut album by British alternative rock band Loop. It was released in 1987 by Head Records and peaked at #4 in the UK Indie Charts.

Loop returned with a more polished sound with the "Collision" single in 1988. A second album Fade Out followed in 1989, reaching No. 51 on the UK album chart. [9] Endeacott left the band in 1988, Scott Dowson joined the following year. They changed labels again to Beggars Banquet subsidiary Situation Two, releasing the "Arc-Lite" single in 1989 and the third and final studio album A Gilded Eternity in 1990.

<i>Fade Out</i> (album) 1988 studio album by Loop

Fade Out is the second album by British alternative rock band Loop. This album was more commercially successful than its predecessor, reaching #1 on the UK Indie Charts and peaking at #51 on the official UK album charts.

Beggars Banquet is a British independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin, and is part of the Beggars Group of labels.

Situation Two

Situation Two was a British independent record label founded in 1981 by Peter Kent as an offshoot of the Beggars Banquet label. At the time, Beggars Banquet releases were often distributed by WEA; to appeal to the indie audience and to get releases into the UK Indie Chart, Situation Two, as well as its sister label 4AD, were created.

The band split in 1991, with Hampson briefly joining Godflesh before forming Main with Dowson. Hampson's Main project was discontinued in 2006 and while he now releases under his own name in 2010 he announced the return of Main, albeit as a collaborative project with other sound artists. Wills and Mackay went on to form The Hair and Skin Trading Company, which last released in 1995. Wills now performs and records as Pumajaw.

Godflesh English industrial metal band

Godflesh are an English industrial metal band from Birmingham, England. The group formed in 1982 under the title Fall of Because but did not release any complete music until 1988 when Justin Broadrick and G. C. Green (bass) renamed the band and decided to use a drum machine for percussion. Melding heavy metal with industrial music and later with electronic music and dub, Godflesh's innovative sound is widely regarded as a foundational influence on other industrial metal and post-metal acts and as significant to both experimental metal and extreme metal.

Pumajaw are a Scotland-based electronic duo, composed of Scottish singer-songwriter Pinkie Maclure and English musician/producer John Wills.

Loop recorded three Peel sessions for John Peel (11 August 1987, 14 June 1988 and 21 January 1990). A collection of these sessions entitled Wolf Flow was released in 1992. Following the split Loop's official studio albums were re-released on their Reactor label. Their sound was influenced by Krautrock and No Wave influences and relied heavily on three chord riffs. Some of the records featured cover versions of Suicide, The Pop Group and Can tracks. The band played at the Reading Festival in 1989.

John Peel English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft,, known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.

Krautrock is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in West Germany in the late 1960s and early 1970s among bands who blended psychedelic rock, electronic music, and the avant-garde, with influences including funk, musique concrète, jazz, and minimalism. Artists largely distanced themselves from the traditional blues influences and song structure of Anglo-American rock music, instead embracing hypnotic rhythms, tape music techniques, and early synthesizers. Prominent groups associated with the krautrock label included Neu!, Can, Faust, Kraftwerk, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Harmonia, Popol Vuh, and Amon Düül II.

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.

Hampson's MySpace pages referred to friendly pressure to again re-release the Loop albums and these were eventually released in November 2008 on the Reactor label. [11]

Reformation

Loop reformed for 2013 and 2014 activities, as presented by a statement from Robert Hampson. [12] The line-up included the original Gilded Eternity era members Robert Hampson, John Wills, Neil Mackay and Scott Dowson. In November 2013, the band played their first comeback show and also co-curated the final holiday camp edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England. [13] Wills, wishing to focus on his own musical projects, left the band and was replaced by Wayne Maskell. Loop then played in April 2014 as headliners of the Roadburn Festival, [14] followed by more than 20 dates in the USA, headlining the opening night of Milwaukee Psych Fest 2014 at Cactus Club on 24 April. They concluded this comeback tour with the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona in May 2014.

In November 2014 a new line-up emerged; still led by Hampson (vocal, guitar), the band performed with Hugo Morgan (bass) and Maskell (drums) from The Heads as well as Dan Boyd (guitar). They played at the Garage (London) and in the Netherlands. Their set featured a new song, "Precession". [15] They also announced they would be playing ATP Iceland 2015 [16]

In June 2018, the band will play as part of Robert Smith's curation of the Meltdown festival. [17]

Members

Current line-up:

Previous members:

Discography

Albums

YearTitle UK Indie Chart Position [18] UK Chart Position [9]
1987 Heaven's End #4-
1989 Fade Out #1#51
1990 A Gilded Eternity #1#39
2015Array 1 EP--

Compilation Albums

MonthYearTitle UK Indie Chart Position [18] UK Chart Position [9]
September1988The World in Your Eyes
 
#4-
September1989Eternal: The Singles
 
--
1991Wolf Flow
 (Peel Sessions 1987-1990)
--
1992Dual
 
--

Singles

YearTitleFormat UK Indie Chart Position [18]
February1987'16 Dreams'12"#35
July1987'Spinning'7" 12"#7
May1988'Collision'7" 12"#4
December1988'Black Sun'12"#5
December1989'Arc-lite'7" 12" CD#6
May1991 Loopflesh / Fleshloop 7"

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