Swedish garage rockers Shout Out Louds had a clear vision of what they wanted to do on the group's fourth album, "Optica" -- the first album the group ever produced by itself.
"First of all, we wanted to make a more playful album than (2010's) 'Work' album, which was recorded in a very traditional way," explains frontman Adam Olenius. "The were a lot of ideas and a lot of things I wanted to try out, so this time around we spent more time in the studio to play around and to have a chance to re-make and re-do a lot of the songs and work with everything more and take time in get more ideas."
Home base for "Optica," which came out in February, was "in a really small studio in Stockholm," according to Olenius, which was cheap to rent and gave the quintet the time it craved to develop its creativity.
"We talked about how every song should have sort of a groove," says Olenius, 34. "We wanted to make it more...I wouldn't say dancier, but just work more on the drums and bass and really simple things. Maybe it came a little bit from the disco stuff we were listening to, like 70s stuff.
"We worked on a lot of songs, all at the same time. We'd work on one song for an hour, then go back to another song. We'd go back and forth to the songs three, four times a day. It was a little bit of a mess, but it was a good mess. It made the whole album feel more important than just a few songs, you know?"
Shout Out Louds and Haerts [cq] perform Wednesday, May 15, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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