Louis And The Shakes are a talented indie group making waves out of London. Blending hard-hitting riffs and quirky lyricism on top of their Indie Western backdrop, Louis And The Shakes are making their hits known through charismatic delivery of contemporary indie-rock with a twist.
Their newest single, “Blame” starts as strongly as possible with a fresh and appealing leading guitar riff. The music has a classic yet creative indie rock and roll vibe, the instrumentation is always interesting, and the structure of the song means that there’s always something new just around the corner. “Blame” features a great set of melodies, particularly the hook, you find yourself eagerly awaiting as the song sets off. The whole soundscape features a slightly psychedelic and alternative laid back approach to rock and roll, and the repetition of the verse melody and that key riff add to the hypnotic and smooth energy of it all. There’s a distinct level of focus to the songwriting, and this speaks volumes for the Louis And The Shakes. Not succumbing to any one genre or style, yet knowing exactly what they’re all about. “Blame” is a contagious introspective track from Louis And The Shakes and we’re looking forward to hearing more.
Check out “Blame” here and keep scrolling to read more in our exclusive interview!
Welcome to BuzzMusic! Congrats on the release of “Blame”! What was the writing process like for this track?
Thank you! I always love writing with a bit of typical British tongue in cheek wit, and at the time I was listening to a lot of Matt Maltese, where he very often 'plays victim' in love, with his comedic style. His album of love & heartbreak fuelled this song. I also wanted the band and I to start exploring new styles & sounds, and this melodic number really lent itself to strings so we pulled in a favour or two and had Will's brother come in to play those sections. We still manage to tune into our western/LA sound I think, whilst adding in more poppy/melodic elements.
Can you dive into details about the lyrics in “Blame”?
Blame is an ode to the warp world of social media, image and self-consciousness. I wanted to write a song on this from the guys perspective, and cut loose about feelings of envy, jealously and what weird and rather comical thoughts come into guys head when you see your girlfriend 'like a boys photo,' for example. I'm quite proud of some lines from this number, seeing peoples faces when we play it live when I sing 'was he hung like a horse.' I hope you Americans get our idioms aha.
What are your thoughts on mainstream music today?
I think everyone is one note away from ripping off someone else. It's dog eat dog man, everyone for themselves. I do feel that rock music is making its way back. It kinda went into hibernation I felt after AM by Arctics but 2020 proves to be a big year and hopefully some rock gods headline Glasto.
What’s your live performance like? Do you have any upcoming events or shows you’d like to talk about?
We have an upcoming self curated UK tour to coincide with this release. It's gonna be ace to play some shows in Manchester, Sheffield and Nottingham to name a few. Manchester has a great indie scene which we're keen to infiltrate. Our live shows are rousing, I don't think anyone can deny that. We strut our stuff, and my shirt usually ends up in the crowd by the last number.
What do you hope to achieve through the end of 2019?
We're speaking to a few people let's just say...but we have two new tracks which are kinda alt rock in sound, ditching the violin and trading it for a fuzz pedal if you know what I mean. We're gassed to get into the studio and record them. I haven't seen the boys this excited about new songs since I showed them 'Blame.'
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