by Dave Segal
on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Got to get it over! Heavy tripmasters Loop are ending their 20+-year hiatus to tour North America one last time (probably), which will include a May 15 stop at Chop Suey. The powerful, trance-inducing UK psych-rock group folded in 1991 following the release of their third studio album, A Gilded Eternity.
Combining the elemental fury of the Stooges with the outward-bound propulsion of Hawkwind, Loop made a shattering impact on the rock underground over the course of their relatively brief career. They also showed great taste and aptitude for covers, as evidenced by their versions of Can’s “Mother Sky,” the Pop Group’s “Thief of Fire,” Suicide’s “Rocket USA,” Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” and Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon.” It's a rather stunning turn of events that Loop have regrouped for one last hurrah, as leader Robert Hampson seems like a musician who isn't fond of looking back. Whatever the reason, Loop fans should be thrilled at the prospect of catching them in the flesh. The 1990 show they did in Detroit still resonates with me.
Loop’s lineup for this tour will consist of Hampson, John Wills, Neil Mackay and Scott Dowson. More info on the show here.