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July 15, 2014. Loop breaks up then reforms! New EP to be released

Here is what Robert posted on his facebook, only to remove it shortly thereafer
But it was fucking huge and burned the brightest ever. It could have got even brighter, but it wasn’t to be. Thank you to all the fans old and new, far and wide for some amazingly wonderful nights of noise. If you missed it, that’s a damn shame, as it’ll never happen again. Twice bitten, thrice shy. No thank you to the people that systematically erode with bitterness, poisonous cynicism and lack of respect - you know who you are. Never shall we meet again and for that I am thankful for small mercies. As Always… Always Forward. With Love RH (June 2014)


He later wrote this:

A change of heart, a change of plans... Tho' I am very saddened that the last line-up of LOOP cannot continue in it's current form, after much soul searching and with incredible support of people who are very close and dear to me, I have decided to continue LOOP in another form. Too much time and great effort on behalf of many got it back on it's legs after such a long time away. The response to the recent reactivation has been more than incredible. So much goodwill and heartfelt love has been thrown this way and without wishing to spoil the broth, it seems just too damn sad to curl up and die when possibilites are presented to me (ever the one to take on a challenge and challenge back) that deep deep deep in my heart, I have to at least make a play and see what transpires. Before anyone sneers, let me say this. Yes, it might be shit. I agree on that. But let it breathe and see first before casting stones. I'll be the first to swiftly turn around and walk away if it stinks. There have be various line-ups before and nobody has seemd to taken offence. After all, it has to be said... I'm the founder of this project and the only original member anyhow. (Hate saying that, but really... it's the simple truth) My thanks still remain with James Endeacott, Beki Stewart, Ian 'Glen' Glenister, John Wills, Neil Mackay and Scott Dowson for making LOOP happen over the past years. I so very much wanted Scott to stay, but sadly, life simply gets in the way of things at times and it isn't possible for him to do so. I love that man and he knows that I would do all I could to make things change, but I'm just not in that position at this time. I have written two new songs that I had planned for LOOP before we finished last week, and I was hoping to move forward into the studio at some point and at least, try something new. I have no idea what this all may bring. Give it a chance at least. There are plans for more concerts around the world and sadly, some have had to be cancelled due to the latest developments. The shows in Iceland (ATP Takeover) and Poland (OFF Festival) are now, with deep regret, not within reach. But other offers are coming in thick and fast and there is much ground to be covered. Yesterday, I was the saddest I had ever been for a very long time. But people rallied around and got me to at least admit that it doesn't have to over until I say it's over. So... with that in mind and actually taking it in, I'm going to give it a shot. For fuck's sake, be patient with me. You waited 24 fucking years so another few months won't hurt. Let's see what happens, eh? Let it breathe. If it stinks, then do not doubt me, I'll be the first to say so and will sink that boat immediately. Always Forward! With love and total respect to you all who have stuck by thru thick and thin RH


Loop can now confirm their appearance at Levitation Festival, Angers in France 20th September.

The band now will consist of members Robert Hampson (Gtr./Voc), Wayne Maskell (Drums), Hugo Morgan (Bass) and a new second guitarist to be finalised in the coming weeks.

Sadly, due to circumstances of logistics and personal lives outside of the band, it is with regret that Neil McKay and Scott Dowson can no longer be involved in the Loop project. Our best wishes go with them both.

Future festival and concert appearances are now being organised for later of this year 2014 and well into next year 2015.

New recordings in the shape of a 3 track EP called ‘Array’ will be released later this year.

2014 North American Concert Dates

PLEASE NOTE: The 2014 version of Loop does not include John Willis, he has since left the reunion shows to pursue his band Pumajaw. The Drummer from The Heads will take over.

THE BAND is requesting if you take photos of any upcoming shows to tag them with "#soundheads"

BE SURE to check the Official Loop Facebook page for photos and video clips of the tour!

4/16 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie
4/17 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge
4/18 Baltimore MD Metro Gallery
4/19 Cambridge MA Middle East (Downstairs)
4/21 Montreal QC La Sala Rossa
4/22 Toronto ON Wrongbar
4/23 Detroit MI Magic Stick
4/24 Milwaukee WI The Cactus Club
4/25 Iowa City IA Gabe's Oasis
4/26 St. Paul MN Turf Club
4/27 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
4/28 Kansas City MO Record Bar
4/30 Knoxville TN Pilot Light
5/1 Athens GA Georgia Theatre
5/3 Austin TX Carson Creek Ranch Austin Psych Fest
5/6 San Diego CA Soda Bar
5/7 Los Angeles CA The Church on York
5/9 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall
5/10 Santa Cruz CA Rio Theater
5/15 Seattle WA Chop Suey
5/16 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge

2014 Euro Concert Dates

5/30 Barcelona ES Parc Del Forum Primavera Sound Festival 2014


April 16, 2014. Recent Interviews

Drowned in Sound
The Quietus
Louder than War
Dumbing of America
Austin Psych Fest

2013 Concert Dates

Italian Tour 2013::
25/11 Roma – Circolo degli Artisti
26/11 Jesi (An) – s.c.a.TNT
27/11 Torino – Spazio 211
28/11 Bologna – Locomotiv

Winter 2013 UK Tour Tickets::
02-Dec UK Bristol The Fleece
BUY

03-Dec UK Leeds The Brudenell
BUY

04-Dec UK Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
BUY

05-Dec UK Brighton Concorde
BUY

They will play more shows in 2014 including US Dates


November 19, 2013. Loop return to stage after 23 years!
Loop played a show in Lndon's Netil House under the moniker, 'Soundheads'.

Here is a review of the show

Here are 12 songs from the show, courtesy of epidemic271!

Here is the setlist:

Soundhead
The Nail Will Burn
Fade Out
Breathe Into Me
Arc-Lite
Afterglow
Too Real to Feel
Fix to Fall
Collision
Fever Knife
Blood
Straight to Your Heart
Vapour
Pulse
Burning World
Deadly Doris/Mother Sky


Shirts and buttons
You can currently get them at shows. They are offering free buttons with t-shirt purchase at shows. They will be doing mailorder soon. Shirts will be available in both Men's and Women' sizes. (I will post picture soon)





May 1, 2013. Loop to currate the final ATP
Vist Sounheads.org for more info


April 25, 2013. Never say never - Loop reforms!
After years of saying Loop will never reform, something changed, perhaps his recent performance back with Godflesh while reforming 'their album 'Pure' (which Robert played on) at the Roadburn Festival when they played "Straight to your heart" with Robert on vocals (as an encore I'm presuming). Robert announced on his FB page that Loop is reforming for live shows for this year and next! More details will be announced soon on the Official site or at the Official FB page Here is the line-up:

Robert Hampson (Guitar, Vocals)
Mr John Wills (Drums)
Mr Neil Mackay (Bass)
Mr Scott Dowson (Guitar)

Heaven's End vinyl reissue
In September 2012, Robert reissued Heaven's End on vinyl. Limited to 3000 copies. Here is what Robert posted on his FB page.
Loop - Heavens End LP on REACTOR....150 gm vinyl, recut majestically (by Kevin Metcalfe) from the 2008 remasters, deluxe vinyl reissue...comes with a DL postcard..in a numbered heavy stock sleeve



February 3, 2013. Fade Out vinyl reissue
Forthcoming. FADE OUT Vinyl repro of the original limited edition Gold Sleeve version : 2x45rpm 150g 12" / Heavyweight card gatefold sleeve. Remastered and Recut.

Heaven's End vinyl reissue
In September 2012, Robert reissued Heaven's End on vinyl. Limited to 3000 copies. Here is what Robert posted on his FB page.
Loop - Heavens End LP on REACTOR....150 gm vinyl, recut majestically (by Kevin Metcalfe) from the 2008 remasters, deluxe vinyl reissue...comes with a DL postcard..in a numbered heavy stock sleeve



December 27, 2008. Loop reissues
The first 2 Loop reissues have been released. The next reissues are due in early 2009. You can purchase them at Amazon.co.uk, Play.com, hmv.co.uk, cduniverse.com (US)


Loop T-shirts
Robert is still planning on printing these up. More details when they are ready for sale.



September 13, 2008. Loop reissues delayed
The album were due for releases on October 8th, but now have been delayed to problems with the artwork. They will now be released on November 17th.

Full Track Listings for Heaven's End and Fade Out re-issues

HEAVEN'S END
CD1
Soundhead
Straight To Your Heart
Forever
Heaven's End

Too Real To Feel
Fix To Fall
Head On
Carry Me

CD2
Rocket USA
Soundhead (1st Mix)
Head On (1st Mix)
Peel Session 1
Soundhead
Straight To Your Heart
Rocket USA

FADE OUT
CD1

Black Sun
This Is Where You End
Fever Knife
Torched

Fade Out
Pulse
A Vision Stain
Got To Get It Over


CD2
Black Sun (Feedback)
Torched (1st Mix)
Got To Get It Over (1st Mix)
This Is Where You End (House In The Woods Demo Mix no. 7)

Peel Session 2
Pulse
This Is Where You End
Collision

Fade Out Guitar Loops (House In The Woods Recording June 88)
I
II
III
IV
V

REACTOR present the long out of print albums by Loop remastered from the original analogue sources. These two releases will be released on the same day, scheduled October 08 release. They will be housed in a Mini Vinyl style card sleeve, which reproduce the original artwork which has been slightly modified to fit the gatefold format and including inner bags for both discs. All due care has been taken to release everything that is available to us in some chronological order, sadly a couple of tapes have been too badly damaged or lost to make a complete edition, but these will be the definitive editions...there won't be any 'special editions' to rip you off with, that's a promise. As for vinyl, it is planned to do a limited run of 180g pressings, but these will only be repros of the original lps without the bonus material. The bonus material will only be available on the Compact Disc issues and not for digital downloads, mainly because of the costs of having to pay ungodly rates on the Peel Sessions. So, the Compact Disc issues will be unique in their own right.



07.07.08. Loop reissues
Dear All,

The Loop reissue program has finally found it's feet and there will new remastered versions of Heaven's End, Fade Out, The World In Your Eyes out on REACTOR in late 2008.
All of these have been commercially unavailable since 1991 on any format.

Initially, only cd versions will be available, but if there is enough interest, then vinyl will be considered.
All releases will be housed in a deluxe sleeve and include a booklet.

For Heaven's End and Fade Out : Each package will be 2xcds and include on CD1 remastered versions of the original LPs - direct from the original analogue masters. CD2 will include the relative John Peel Session and rare archive material from the era. There is not a great wealth of outtakes or different versions but we will strive to get everything we can find that warrants inclusion, all remastered from the original sources.
The World In Your Eyes : Will now be known as The World In Your Eyes Vols. I & II. These are of course compilations of all the original 12" vinyl singles originally released on HEAD and CHAPTER 22, plus compilation tracks and rare archive material.
To avoid confusion, the original Chapter 22 compilation of singles called "Eternal", which was issued against the wishes of Loop at the time, then reissued as "Dual" on Reactor in the 90's is now called The World In Your Eyes Vol. II.

Heaven's End will be the first release, just in time for it's 21st Anniversary in 2008. Fade Out and The World In Your Eyes Vols. I & II will follow shortly after.

That's all we can say for now...

Loop T-Shirts
Robert is planning on doing a limited run of Loop T-Shirts. More details coming soon



10.03.08. Loop reissue update
Greetings all,
Just to clear up some queries regarding the Loop re-issue program. The following original releases hopefully to be re-issued: Heaven's End, Fade Out and both singles compilations The World In Your Eyes and Dual (AKA Eternal - the one we don't talk about). I do hope that all releases will be remastered from all possible original sources - i.e. the tapes are in good shape or can be saved, and will include as much extra material that is available. There's not a wealth of outtakes or unreleased material, we never had the studio time for that, but a few that got away will be rounded up - the Good Feeling compilation version of Spinning for example. The rights to the Beggar's Banquet material will not revert back for some considerable time, but maybe we'll work something out... For the time being, the best will be done on what is owned.

There is still no concrete evidence yet on all of this - you'll be the first to know when something happens.

For sure, there will definitely be a 21st Anniversary edition of Heaven's End even if I have to stick it on a wax cylinder.

Best

R.

Source: Robert Hampson





02.01.08. Loop reissues (non-update)
I have not received any word from Robert about the status of the Loop reissues in quite some time. As soon as I know something more, I'll post it here. The 20th anniversary of 'Heaven's End was last June or July I beleive. One thing I can tell you is that these reissues will not include lyrics. Here is what Robert told me:

...I've always regarded lyrics/ vocals as a equal part to the music...an instrument that's no more or less important to the rest. As with Main, I also like puzzles/mystery in the work, so I always thought it's for others to try and work them out, see what they find.




31.10.06. Loop reissues
I'd like to announce, after much pleading, badgering, coercement etc. from many (THANK YOU!), that I am finally putting the wheels into motion on a LOOP Reissue programme. No formal plans have been made as yet, it is very, very, very early days and it may take some time, but the intent is there after all this time. Seeing that 2007 will mark the 20th Anniversary of the release of HEAVEN'S END, I feel I have no excuses left to leave the material out of print. Hopefully, a full and extensive remastering process will be involved, but that's all I can say right at this moment. I will certainly keep you all up to date with further postings...