Revered English band Loop has reunited and played Le Poisson Rouge in New York City Thursday April 17th. Formed in London in 1986 and lead by Robert Hampson, Loop carried on the tradition of droning rock pioneered by the Velvet Underground and the Stooges followed by experimental German bands Can and Faust. Known for their squalling wall-of-sound guitars, Loop stands as a developmental link between The Jesus and Mary Chain and 90’s shoegaze bands like My Bloody Valentine. Following Loop, Hampson went on to create increasingly ambient atmospheric drone music as Main.
The packed house enthusiastically greeted the band, with shouts thanking them for coming back to New York and claiming: “I was there at Max’s Kansas City.” The band proceeded to play such classic Loop material as “Soundhead,” “Straight to Your Heart,” and “Vapour.” Towards the end of the show singer and guitarist Robert Hampson lamented that the sound wasn’t quite right onstage. However, after finishing their set, the band returned to the stage to play a raucous encore including their cover version of Can’s “Mother Sky,” finally leaving the stage promising to be back soon. Can we expect new material from Loop or will this be a short-lived reunion?