I started listening to Shout Out Louds when I discovered one of their songs in the hit CW show, One Tree Hill (I know, I know…this is a safe space though, so cast all judgment aside at how I discovered this band, please). “Please Please Please” made me want to keep listening; and so I did, for years.
Fast-forward to 2017, well, last week, when I got the opportunity to finally see this band live. And the show definitely didn’t disappoint. Lincoln Hall was packed on this chilly Wednesday evening as fans hung their coats up on the left-hand racks near the stairs. I felt that the show would be a nice nostalgic trip down memory lane, yet the Stockholm five-member band brought so much more.
Opening with “Paola” off of their recently released album Ease My Mind, the group got the crowd going right away. Their set wove through their discography with ease, from songs like “Very Loud,” bursting with joy, to sultry tunes like “Ease My Mind” that allow Bebben Stenborg’s vocals to shine.
The band’s set culminated with 16 songs in total (yes, they played “Please Please Please,” I know you were concerned for my 16-year-old self!), with three songs as an encore. As I watched the energy ramp up again and again with each song, I realized that for Shout Out Louds, each song is an anthem. A home run. Worthy of being played in the encore set.
During “Impossible,” an exhilarated fan got pulled up on stage by lead singer Adam Olenius. What followed was pure greatness to behold—a mass exodus of concertgoers stepping to the stage for the final number, elation gracing every face, showcasing that music is truly a community that knows no bounds, and is one that can’t be broken.