Loudflower - Happy Now?

Wednesday 1st October 1997
Loudflower - Happy Now?
Loudflower - Happy Now?

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Grey Dot Records 10004
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

In these days when we're inundated with American alternative rock acts, sometimes it's hard to find anything that really stands out. Loudflower (great name) have managed to create an original sound that sets them apart from the crowd. Mixing harder rock sounds (Clash, Led Zep?) with a horn section (yes, I know it sounds bizarre but it works), this is definitely rock with attitude. Those powerful horns give you an extra kick in the guts with every syncopated stab! You get the insistent pound of "Everyone But Me" which starts with a very Kula Shaker opening before getting down to business. Also on offer, angry high energy "Disaffected" (best anthem for the slacker generation I've heard in ages). "Clouds" rocks out, "Saviour Machine" threatens to engulf you with those huge horns and then after the storm you get the title tune, which is verging on inspirational "Whole Of The Moon" territory. "Can't Change Yesterday" sounds like a pounding Zep riff building into a memorable chorus. "Five Minutes After 3" has an intense brooding feel with rasping Blues Brothers horn effects before exploding into so much more. The band are aiming at the mainstream supporting major acts like Bush and Hootie And The Blowfish as they pay their dues. With this debut album, they deserve to work their way up double quick time. 'Happy Now?' Absolutely! Unusual sound but plenty of energy.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Was There in NYC @ 16:10 on Apr 2 2010

What happened to Rob, JT and the rest of the band was truly a shame. The band sued the record company Grey Dot and its distributor, Brentwood Music (part of BMG) because there wasn't a written contract where the terms were agreed upon in place and they were held up in litigation for almost 3 years.

The bad news was that there was so much hurt because of the litigation, especially what appeared to be the self centered actions of former member Wally Gates and label owner Marty Bush that the band felt paralyzed and decided against doing anything else.

More importantly, Tom Zutaut, a well known A&R person at the time, had signed the band for new demos after the litigation, and then he shortly parted ways from Island Records/ Def Jam during the period of label consolidation prior to 2000 - so the band put their hands up in the air and said, time to take some time off.

BTW, it was a great record and most importantly you should know that most artists today have a defense against infringement on the internet because of the findings regarding internet distribution by Federal Judge Orinda Evans in her 48 page (yes, 48 page) decision - and you can thank of all people Bush's lawyer Alan Clarke; his ego was so big from what he perceived a win he faxed the courts findings (the case went up to the US Court of Appeals 11th Circuit) to attorneys all over the US that there was to most the first blue print of what to defend and where an artists rights may or may not be (1999).

The band was so close...

My favorite tracks are "I guess I need you" and "Don't say goodnight"

Posted by Xander in North Dakota @ 14:51 on May 13 2009

I also picked this up on a whim. I wore out the tape in my car. This was my go-to when I was having a bad day and needed to cheer up. There's the perfect blend of optimism and cynicism in the lyrics.

Posted by Ian Allen in Texas @ 11:23 on Jun 24 2008

Picked this CD up on a whim about 4 years ago.
Other than picking up The Tea Party's " The Edges of Twilight," it was the single best music-related discovery of my life.

Shame they never put out more...

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