Sold-Out Crowd Welcomes New Shout Out Loud Tunes

March 12th, 2013

Shout Out Louds – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 11, 2013

It’s easy to forget the going through the motions that often happens at shows these days, and one of the effects of that is the expectation that a band won’t throw a heavy amount of new material at an audience. But last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Shout Out Louds went off script, featuring plenty of their recently released album, Optica. The Swedish quintet opened the show with the LP’s bouncy first song, “Sugar,” and immediately followed it with “Walking in Your Footsteps,” another new track. Next came “Fall Hard,” from 2010’s Work, but after that the five-piece spent the rest of their first hour pushing Optica as the crowd obliged.

“We’ve been talking about this show for eight months now,” said singer Adam Olenius, explaining their eagerness to play the new material. It was understandable, too, since the lush, complex album features loads of instruments on each track (including plenty of flute, which was played live via one of Bebban Stenborg’s keyboards) and plenty of twists and turns in the songwriting’s pacing. By the end of the hour-and-a-half set, Shout Out Louds slipped in some older favorites, including the blissful “Tonight I Have to Leave It,” which wrapped the night. But the band’s focus on Optica seemed to pay off with the sold-out Music Hall crowd cheering the Swedes soundly as they left the stage. —Sean O’Kane

(Shout Out Louds play Webster Hall on 5/10.)