Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Le Loup

Apocalyptic D.C. septet Le Loup enjoy long song titles, Dante’s Inferno (see “Canto XxXVI”), pretty electro-acoustic arrangements, dips in the local rivers, and the convergence of multiple devotional voices. Ahh, the perfect septuple date.

The band’s debut The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly was titled after the lifework of reclusive (aren’t they always?) outsider artist James Hampton. Fitting, because sometimes listening to Le Loup is a bit like reading the side of a Dr. Bronner’s bottle (see/hear, for instance, “We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!,” below), albeit with jubilant ‘n’ skittering bumps, low-bit percussion, hand claps, the slight shadow of a Spacemen 3 guitar burst, bells, sighs. The group’s fronted by Sam Simkoff, who handles voice, banjo, computer, keyboards, percussion, toy instruments, zither, and the band’s loupy philosophies, but no way he could go it alone. Oh yeah, Le Loup is “The Wolf” in French. Wonder if this’ll inspire a bunch of “loup” bands? Loup Parade? Loup Eyes? Etc? Whatever. Check out the “this world was made for ending” space-choiring of “Planes Like Vultures.”

Doomsday never sounded so sweet. Here’s their first single, for your PMP.

Le Loup – “We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!” (MP3)

The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly is out 9/11 on Hardly Art. Tour dates after the jump.

09/07 – New York, NY @ Piano’s *
09/08 – Fredericksburg, VA @ The 3rd Floor @
09/17 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre %
09/18 – Louisville, KY @ W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre %
09/19 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley Theater %
09/29 – Washington, DC @ The Black Cat ^
10/03 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom+
10/22 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
10/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn #
10/24 – Orlando, FL @ Taste #
10/26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon #
10/27 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk #

* — w/ Jukebox the Ghost
@ — w/ Travis Morrison Hellfighters, Statehood, Rocky’s Revival
% — w/ Andrew Bird
^ — CD release party! w/ These United States
# — w/ Georgie James
+ — w/ Nightmare Of You

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