- Tom Sheehan
- If you're a fan or simply curious, this is your last chance to catch Loop in the flesh.
"We've just spent two days in the van shitting ourselves, hoping we're not going to meet all these tornadoes flying around," Loop leader Robert Hampson says with a nervous chuckle over the phone from Louisville, Kentucky. "We were in Iowa when a big storm hit there. We've been really lucky that we seem to have channeled through everything that's going on with the weather. Who knows what we're going to hit tomorrow? Athens just got hit with some freaky weather, and we're on our way there. It might be the end of Loop as you know it—gone in a puff of smoke from a lightning hit."
That might not be an inappropriate way for this British psych-rock group to go out. Their music has always been tinged with elemental danger and an almost apocalyptic fury. (One of their greatest songs is titled "Burning World" and is also, paradoxically, one of their most sonically blissful.) Now Loop are in the midst of a reunion/farewell tour, 24 years after releasing their final album, A Gilded Eternity. If you're a fan or simply curious about the revered band who basically were the Stones to Spacemen 3's Beatles in England's 1980s head-music milieu, this is your last chance to catch Loop in the flesh.
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